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Tag Archives: Alien Tort Statute

Are You Objecting to Personal Jurisdiction In Magnet Jurisdictions Yet?

Posted in Motions Practice, U.S. Supreme Court

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 defendant. That’s because the conventional wisdom has been that large companies are subject to personal jurisdiction nationwide because they do… Continue Reading

Article on Alien Tort Statute after Kiobel

Posted in Class Action Trends, U.S. Supreme Court

We’ve previously discussed the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. The American Lawyer Litigation Daily has just published a column by my colleague, Andy Pincus, responding to another columnist’s lament that Kiobel has rendered claims under the Alien Tort Statute “a zombie doctrine—not quite alive and not quite dead.”  Andy provides a… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Holds That Alien Tort Statute Doesn’t Apply Extraterritorially

Posted in Class Action Trends, U.S. Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (pdf) on the scope of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), 28 U.S.C. § 1350, a law that creates federal jurisdiction for civil actions brought by aliens for torts committed in violation of the law of nations or a U.S. treaty. In Kiobel,… Continue Reading