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Next test of corporations’ liability? [USA]

The Second Circuit Court has set the stage for another major case on corporations and the law to move on to the Supreme Court — a case raising a core question about U.S. courts’ authority to hear claims that foreign companies engaged in human rights abuses. In…Kiobel, et al., v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, et al., the Court ruled…that corporations may not be sued under the Alien Tort Statute…[A] divided panel denied rehearing and the en banc Court...refused to rehear the case (UPDATE: Lawyers involved plan to file a cert. petition with the Supreme Court, with timing yet to be determined.)...[T]his…lawsuit involves claims by Nigerians of government suppression of resistance to oil exploration in their country. The lawsuit contended that Royal Dutch Petroleum… enlisted the Nigerian government and its military forces to put down the resistance movement, resulting in wanton killing, raping, beating and looting…[also refers to Shell Transport and Trading]

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