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Yaiguaje v. Chevron: Blurring the Lines between Parents and Subsidiaries in Ontario

A recent ruling by Ontario’s highest court clarifying the law governing the enforcement of foreign judgments may turn Canada’s most populous province into an attractive forum for plaintiffs seeking to collect on judgments...more

Further Cause for Alarm for Canadian Corporations with Foreign Operations

We last wrote in July 2013 about Choc v Hudbay Minerals Inc., 2013 ONSC 1414, a decision which seemed to signal an increased willingness by an Ontario court to assume jurisdiction in a case of alleged wrongdoing by a foreign...more

More Than Another Alien Tort Statute Case: The Supreme Court May Limit Personal Jurisdiction

On October 15, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the first of two significant personal jurisdiction cases on the docket: DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965 (cert. granted Apr. 22, 2013). At first glance,...more

ATS of the North? Canadian Court Allows Suit to Continue for Human Rights Abuses Committed Abroad

The Superior Court of Justice of Ontario’s recent ruling in the matters of Choc v. Hudbay Minerals Inc., Caal Caal v. Hudbay Minerals Inc., and German Chub Choc v. Hudbay Minerals has signaled a willingness by Canadian courts...more

“Supreme Court Limits ATS Litigation—But Door Remains Slightly Ajar”

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 133 S.Ct. 1659 (2013), the United States Supreme Court addressed the applicability of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) to alleged violations of international law committed by...more

What Might Liability under the ATS Look Like Post-Kiobel?: The Example of Private Contractors

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum a number of questions remain as to whether corporations may be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) for serious violations of human rights....more

The Supreme Court Again Revisits (And May Rein In) Personal Jurisdiction: Two Cases Now Up Next Term

On April 22, 2013, the Supreme Court granted review in another personal jurisdiction case: DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965 (cert. granted Apr. 22, 2013). The question presented in DaimlerChrysler is “whether it...more

United States Supreme Court Decides Question of Corporate Liability Under Alien Tort Statute On Broader Grounds

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., No. 10-1491, 2013 WL 1628935 (U.S. Apr. 17, 2013), the Supreme Court of the United States addressed the circuit split that arose following the 2010 decision of the United States Court...more

Supreme Court to Consider General Jurisdiction Over Foreign Parent Based on U.S. Subsidiary

On Monday, April 22, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, which asks whether a foreign parent corporation can be subject to suit in the United States for wrongs allegedly committed by a...more

The Alien Tort Statute: Kiobel Dials It Back

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., No. 10-1491 (U.S. Apr. 17, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the presumption against extraterritoriality applies to claims under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). Consequently, there...more

Supreme Court Holds that Plaintiffs Must Overcome Presumption Against Extraterritoriality in Alien Tort Statute Cases

Earlier today the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, the case that was to decide whether the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) could be applied to corporations as legal persons and...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: Flaming Worms, Stuxnets and Other Cyber Threats — The European Union’s Response

The media is replete with reports of a botnet onslaught paralyzing Spamhaus, flaming worms usurping strategic information in the Middle East and a stuxnet super weapon wreaking physical damage to Iran’s nuclear reactors....more

Looking Ahead: Five Developments We’ll be Watching in 2013

As memories of New Year’s Eve fade, and another Inauguration Day winds down in Washington, D.C., it’s time to look ahead and identify key events and emerging trends that we think will help shape the business and human rights...more

November 2012: Appellate Litigation Update

Quinn Emanuel Opens Supreme Court’s October 2012 Term: On Monday, October 1, 2012, the Supreme Court reconvened for its first oral arguments after the summer recess. Quinn Emanuel’s Kathleen Sullivan argued in the very first...more

The Future of the Alien Tort Statute, Take II: The U.S. Supreme Court Hears New Arguments on Extraterritorial Liability

The U.S. Supreme Court started its new term on Monday with a holdover from the last term. The case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum was once again before the Court, this time with arguments focused on the question of...more

The Alien Tort Statute at a Crossroads: The High Court Revisits Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum...

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, No. 10-1491, is among the most important business cases on the Supreme Court’s docket. At issue is whether a non-US company’s activities in Nigeria, which allegedly harmed Nigerians, may be...more

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

Supplemental Brief of Amicus Curiae The CATO Institute In Support of Respondents

Last term, the Supreme Court postponed its decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case that initially asked whether the Alien Tort Statute — one of our oldest laws (1789), giving federal courts jurisdiction over...more

"U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Only Natural Persons Can be Sued Under the Torture Victim Protection Act"

On April 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority, No. 11-88, that parties may bring suit under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA) only against human beings — not...more

Would the End of the Alien Tort Statute Mean an End to Corporate Liability for Human Rights Abuses?

If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down, or severely limits, the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), what are the implications for plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving violations of international human rights law? The crystal...more

Extraterritoriality Becomes Focus of Kiobel Supreme Court; Are We Headed for Morrison II?

We have posted on the fascinating development of the law concerning the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), 28 U.S.C. § 1350. The issues raised there are important in their own right and are at the center of many issues faced by the...more

"Supreme Court Broadens Its Review of Alien Tort Statute – May Limit Corporate Liability in Human Rights Lawsuits"

On March 5, 2012, only days after hearing oral argument in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., the U.S. Supreme Court ordered additional briefings to be filed and for the case to be reargued. This somewhat unusual move...more

Alien Tort Statute Development

Since we blogged about the Supreme Court’s certiorari grant in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, 10-1491, we figured we owe our readers an update about a significant status change. As we mentioned before, the Court...more

U.S. Supreme Court Review of Corporate Liability Under the Alien Tort Statute -- An Overview of the Oral Arguments in Kiobel v....

On February 28, in proceedings that were both closely watched and anxiously anticipated, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. For the first time, the question of whether...more

Liability and Immunity for Human Rights Violations: The Impact of Current Legal Developments on Corporate Responsibility

It is likely that the coming year will see a number of legal developments relating to the immunity and liability of corporations, states, and individuals as recognized by U.S. courts.  With an increasing number of suits...more

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.

Brief of Amicus Curiae The CATO institute In Support Of Respondents

One of our oldest laws, the Alien Tort Statute (1789), grants federal courts jurisdiction over lawsuits brought by aliens for actions “in violation of the law of nations.” Courts have differed in their method...more

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