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Jonathan Drimmer on the Aiding and Abetting Conundrum Under the Alien Tort Claims Act
Posted on 24 Jun 2008 by Jonathan Drimmer

In consolidated class actions filed against companies doing business in Apartheid South Africa, the district court, exemplifying one trend of cases, rejected the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) claims, ruling that aiding and abetting was not cognizable under... Read More

Chowdhury v. Worldtel and Sinaltrainal v. Coca Cola
Posted on 20 Oct 2009 by Jonathan Drimmer & Laura Ardito

Two similar recent cases by courts construing and applying the Alien Tort Statute demonstrate that courts will strictly apply the recent pleading standards set forth by the Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, but that if those standards can be met, the... Read More

Drimmer on Sarei v. Rio Tinto, 550 F.3d 822 (9th Cir. 2008)
Posted on 2 Apr 2009 by Jonathan Drimmer

This commentary, discussing the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Sarei v. Rio Tinto , 550 F.3d 822 (9th Cir. 2008), and its implications, was prepared by Jonathan Drimmer, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson who practices in international and commercial... Read More

Drimmer & Ardito on Abdullahi v. Pfizer, Inc., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 1768 (2d Cir. Jan. 30, 2009)
Posted on 6 Apr 2009 by Jonathan Drimmer & Laura Ardito

On January 30, 2009, the Second Circuit reinstated a consolidated case filed by parents and guardians of Nigerian children against Pfizer, employing an analysis that indicates an increasing comfort in allowing ATCA cases to proceed where serious violations... Read More

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