Sheppard Mullin Alert-Ninth Circuit Latest to Permit Corporate Liability Under Alien Tort Statute; Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split in 2012

In Sarei v. Rio Tinto, PLC , Nos. 02-56256, 02-56390, 09-56381, 2011 WL 5041927 (9th Cir. Oct. 25, 2011), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the latest Circuit to hold that corporations may be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS"), 28 U.S.C. § 1350...

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Corporate Liability under Alien Tort Statute for Extraterritorial Human Rights Claims

by Brittany Prelogar, Laura Ardito and Jeanne Cook Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. is before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether corporations can be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute which permits aliens to file suit in U.S. federal courts for violations of customary international...