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Vol 54 No 9

Published 26th April 2013


Law suits unravel

The United States Supreme Court decided on 17 April to back a lower court’s refusal to hear a suit brought by Nigerians against Royal Dutch Shell for complicity in Nigerian government atrocities in Ogoniland in 1992-1995. Anxiously awaited, the ruling prevents lawyers from using the 1789 Alien Tort Statute (ATS) to make US courts hear cases involving harm by non-US companies to non-US citizens. If the company has its headquarters in the USA, it will make no difference.

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