Second Circuit Holds That Corporations Cannot Be Sued under Alien Tort Statute

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that corporations are not subject to liability under “customary international law”, otherwise known as the “law of nations” and that, as such, corporations cannot be held liable under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute. Although he concurred in the result, Judge Leval vigorously disputed the majority’s conclusion on this issue.

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