Alien Tort Statute

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"US Supreme Court Further Limits Jurisdictional Reach of the US Courts Over Foreign Torts"

The U.S. Supreme Court began 2014 by issuing a decision limiting the ability of plaintiffs to assert tort claims against foreign corporations in the U.S. courts based on events occurring outside the United States. In Daimler...more

The World in US Courts: US Laws Discussed - Fall 2013

We provide below alphabetically very brief summaries of key US laws addressed by cases summarized in this edition. Please note that these summaries provide a very simplified overview of the statutes and are not intended to...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 Case Developments Post-Kiobel: Interpreting the “Touch and Concern” Standard

The past few months have seen a few interesting developments in cases in which Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) claims factor prominently. This judicial activity, much of which focuses on the significance of the presumption against...more

The World in US Courts - Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

In this issue, we discuss 28 new decisions by courts across the country and other authorities that address the "extraterritoriality" of US law, and consider whether disputes involving conduct outside the country may be...more

"Business Cases in the US Supreme Court"

The U.S. Supreme Court recently closed its 2012 term with its usual headline-grabbing flurry of June decisions. Several of those decisions, as well as many more that received less publicity, will affect business interests. In...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

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...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2013

In This Issue: - TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London: - Shareholders' Agreements for LNG Midstream Projects - Upstream Developments – Latin America Foreign Exchange Controls in Venezuela Strangle...more

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.,...more

Kiobel Decision Closes the Door to Claims Under Alien Tort Statute Based on Overseas Conduct

The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 569 U.S. __ (April 17, 2013), appears to have closed the door to future actions under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) based on conduct...more

International Litigation Update: Developments Concerning the Alien Tort Statute and Personal Jurisdiction

In the span of less than a week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., a decision concerning the reach of the Alien Tort Statute, and granted certiorari in Bauman v....more

The U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Extraterritorial Lawsuit Against Shell Oil

The United States Supreme Court, in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, recently restricted the scope of the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350 (“ATS”), a 224-year-old law often used to invoke jurisdiction in suing...more

Kiobel: Major U.S. Jurisdictional Limitation For Overseas Actions

Much of the public has never heard of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS,” 28 U.S.C. § 1350), but this law, dating back to the founding of the country, recently has had enormous implications for multinational corporations and...more

Supreme Court Narrows Application Of Alien Tort Statute

The Supreme Court recently sharply narrowed the potential application of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows foreign plaintiffs to bring civil actions in U.S. district courts for torts committed in violation of the law...more

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum: Beyond the Alien Tort Statute—Broadly Extending the Presumption Against the Extraterritorial...

Since the Second Circuit decided Filártiga v. Pena-Irala in 1980, plaintiffs have deployed the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) to great effect against multinational corporations. The statute — which had lain dormant since 1789 —...more

U.S. Supreme Court Curbs Extraterritorial Reach of the Alien Tort Statute

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., No. 10-1491 pertaining to the reach of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). This decision states that the ATS does not apply to conduct...more

"US Supreme Court Greatly Restricts Scope of Alien Tort Claims; Holds Statute Does Not Apply Extraterritorially"

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, No. 10–1491 (U.S. Apr. 17, 2013), a significant decision holding that the so-called “Alien Tort Claims Act” or “Alien Tort...more

The ATS’s Second Act: The Supreme Court Looks to Address the Unanswered Questions of Kiobel

The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert on April 22 in two important cases for the future application of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) following its decision last week in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. ...more

Recent Development on Corporate Liability in U.S. Courts for Conduct Outside the United States

This week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., which addressed the question of whether a federal court may recognize a cause of action under the Alien Tort Statute...more

Supreme Court Ruling Limits Extraterritorial Application Of Alien Tort Statute

U.S. companies with, or that were seeking to acquire, foreign operations often fretted over the possibility that plaintiffs in the foreign jurisdiction would seek to invoke the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS"), 28 U.S.C. § 1350,...more

The Final Breaths of the Alien Tort Statute

On April 17, 2013, the Supreme Court decided Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. For all intents and purposes, the decision eliminates use of the federal Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") as an employment law weapon to be used against...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

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