In an opinion issued on April 7, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a group of Nigerians living in the United States who sought to hold oil companies accountable for alleged human rights violations in Nigeria through a lawsuit in U.S. courts.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion upholding dismissal of the suit, brought under the Alien Tort Statute. The law recognizes suits by aliens for certain international law violations, but it does not expressly cover conduct in foreign countries.
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