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Alien Tort Case Development: The Second Circuit Assesses the Appropriate Focus of Jurisdictional Inquiries

On October 23, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mastafa v. Chevron Corp., a case filed against Chevron Corp. and BNP Paribas pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). The court upheld the District...more

Alien Tort Case Development: Litigation Against Exxon Mobil Corporation May Proceed

In late September, the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that two closely related cases filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation, and several of the company’s subsidiaries, could proceed. Plaintiffs in both...more

Ninth Circuit Case Portends Implications for Alien Tort Claims Act Liability Throughout Corporate Supply Chains

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum upholding the dismissal of an Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) suit, left a great deal unanswered. The Kiobel decision did, however, limit the potential...more

Alien Tort Case Developments: Three Recent Decisions

Alien Tort GavelIn July, we posted about two recent decisions by federal appellate courts that sought to define the parameters of the “touch and concern” standard established by the Supreme Court in its 2012 decision in...more

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

Summer 2014 - The Global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP takes great pride in announcing the Summer 2014 edition of The World in US Courts: Orrick’s Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Alien Tort Case Developments: Fourth and Eleventh Circuits Apply Kiobel’s “Touch and...

In the last month, two federal appellate courts have issued decisions in cases filed against U.S.-based corporations pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). Both courts applied the “touch and concern” standard established...more

The World in US Courts: Spring 2014: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border...

The Global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP takes great pride in announcing the Spring 2014 edition of The World in US Courts: Orrick’s Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global Business and...more

International Litigation Update: Second Circuit Clarifies Rules Governing Extraterritorial Application of RICO and Definition of...

In a series of recent decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has sought to restrict plaintiffs’ ability to apply U.S. law to, and to bring claims in the U.S. courts based on, extraterritorial conduct. In Morrison v. National...more

SDNY Applies Kiobel II and Holds Corporations May Be Liable under the Alien Tort Statute

In a mid-April decision in the In re: South African Apartheid Litigation, the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) has tackled one of the most pressing legal questions left unanswered by the Supreme Court last year in...more

Are You Objecting To Personal Jurisdiction In Magnet Jurisdictions Yet?

Until recently, many large companies have resigned themselves to the assertion of personal jurisdiction by courts in any state in which they do business—so long as the plaintiff has named the right corporate entity as...more

"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

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