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Supreme Court Denies Pfizer Certiorari In Trovan Experiment Case
Posted on 29 Jun 2010 by Tom Moylan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 29 rejected Pfizer Inc.'s petition for a writ of certiorari involving the claims of Nigerians allegedly injured during a 1996 Trovan clinical trial in their country, allowing the claims... Read More

Fulbright Briefing: Supreme Court Holds That Alien Tort Statute Does Not Have Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
Posted on 19 Apr 2013 by Norton Rose Fulbright

On April 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") does not have extraterritorial jurisdiction in a 9-0 decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. [ subscribers can view the enhanced opinion... Read More

D.C. Circuit Expands Federal Court Jurisdiction Over Foreign Activities Of U.S. Companies
Posted on 2 Aug 2011 by Troutman Sanders

By: Mark E. Nagle , Julie Mendoza , Donald B. Cameron, Jr. , Jeff M. Cohen The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Doe v. Exxon Mobil Corporation [ enhanced version available to subscribers / unenhanced version available... Read More

The Alien Tort Statute - A Viable Tool To Sue Corporate Defendants?
Posted on 1 Mar 2011 by Jonathan Drimmer

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)... Read More

D.C. Circuit Majority: No New Cause Of Action Created By Alien Tort Statute, So No Claim Exists Against U.S. Officials Individually
Posted on 23 Sep 2011 by Cadwalader OneWorld International Practice

Dissent Says a Cause of Action in the U.S. Would Exist Against Non-U.S. Officials for the Same Conduct By: Louis M. Solomon Akran Mohammed Ali, et al. v. Rumsfeld, et al. , No. 07-5178 (D.C. Cir. June 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis... Read More

Fulbright Briefing: 9th Circuit Weighs in on Corporate Liability and Exhaustion Under the Alien Tort Statute
Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Norton Rose Fulbright

A recent Ninth Circuit decision reiterated that corporations may be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") and clarified that the availability of relief under the ATS may rely on exhaustion of local remedies. On October 25, 2011, a... Read More