Business Litigation Report -- May 2013


In This Issue:

Firm News:

..Quinn Emanuel to Open Sydney Office

..Firm Expands Mass Torts and Products Liability Practice

..Susheel Kirpalani Named a 2012 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer

Main Article:

..9-0 Supreme Court Victory for Shell in Alien Tort Statute Case

Practice Area Notes:

..Sports Litigation Update

..Insurance Litigation Update

..Germany Litigation Update

..ITC Litigation Update


..Three Quinn Emanuel Victories for Ukrainian Businessman

..Federal Circuit Victory for Google

..Structured Finance Victory for BlackRock

Noted with Interest:

..Supreme Court Hears Bartlett, Will Resolve Liability Questions for “Design-Defect” of Generic Drugs

Excerpt from 9-0 Supreme Court Victory for Shell in Alien Tort Statute Case -

In what The New York Times has called “the most important business decision of the current term,” Quinn Emanuel obtained a landmark 9-0 victory for Shell Oil in the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 569 U.S. __, 133 S. Ct. 1659 (2013). All nine Justices agreed that the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) and federal common law do not extend to allegations by Nigerian nationals that English and Dutch subsidiaries of Shell supposedly aided and abetted the Nigerian government’s human rights violations on Nigerian soil.

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