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Talisman Energy and the Alien Tort Statute: The Continuing Threat of Secondary Liability

Two recent cases, Abecassis v. Wyatt , 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32731, and Lev v. Arab Bank , PLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16887, highlight the enduring enigmatic nature of the "purpose" standard for proving an ATS violation set forth in Presbyterian Church of Sudan v. Talisman Energ , 582 F...

Jonathan Drimmer on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Co. and the Alien Tort Statute

In this Emerging Issues commentary, Jonathan Drimmer, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C., discusses a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 621 F.3d 111 (2d Cir. 2010) . The decision deals with whether the Alien Tort Statute...

D.C. Circuit Holds that the Alien Tort Statute Applies to Corporations, Confirming Circuit Split with Second Circuit’s Kiobel Decision

By Louis M. Solomon John Doe VIII, et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al. , No. 09-7125 (consolidated) (D.C. Cir. July 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ], is a 112 page 2-1 majority decision analyzing the scope...

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...