A Surprise Twist: U.S. Supreme Court Will Rehear Kiobel

On March 5, less than a week after oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, the Supreme Court ordered the case "restored to the calendar for reargument." The Court's order directed the parties to file new briefs on a calendar running through June 29. The case will not be decided this term.

The Court's order directs the parties to focus their briefs on

the following question:

“Whether and under what circumstances the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. §1350, allows courts to recognize a cause of action for violations of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign other than the United States.”

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