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Alien Tort Claims Act

224 Years After the Judiciary Act, the U.S. Must Not Become a Safe Haven to Modern Pirates

Katie Shay | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Katie Shay

The Alien Tort Statute (ATS), all but ignored for almost the first 200 years of its existence, states that federal district courts "shall also have cognizance, ... of all causes where an alien sues for a tort only in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States."

Supreme Court Appears Divided on Whether to Grant Corporations Immunity From Human Rights Suits

Katie Redford | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Katie Redford

Several news stories and blog posts suggest that the Supreme Court is prepared to grant corporations immunity from human rights lawsuits. That was not a conclusion I thought could be easily drawn after the hearing.

Mike Sacks

9th Circuit Widens Court Split Over Suing Corporations

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Corporations can be held liable in U.S. courts for human rights violations committed abroad, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circu...

How Big Oil Always Wins

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

There is another case of oil pollution with over fifteen years of "experience" that might make us nervous about any attempt to hold BP accountable in the courts.

Coca-Cola Co. Denies Involvement in Murder and Rape, Blames "U.S. Judicial System"

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Michael Johnson

Coca-Cola has long marketed itself as synonymous with American values. But after recent allegations that it covered up acts of murder and rape at a Guatemalan subsidiary, Coca Cola may face up to justice.

150 Years

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

The 150-year sentence is headline grabbing, but what should surprise us is not that Madoff got such a long sentence, but that other corporate criminals escape with no criminal prosecution at all.

The Free Market's Marked Men, From The Niger Delta To The Amazon

Amy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amy Goodman

Ken Saro-Wiwa's family and others just won a landmark settlement in U.S. federal court, ending a 13-year battle with Shell Oil. Alberto Pizango's ordeal is just beginning.

Bowoto v. Chevron: Approaching the Arguments

Scott Gilmore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Gilmore

Why do police negotiators generally refuse to pay ransom for hostages? To do so would actually encourage more kidnappings by providing an incentive to would-be kidnappers.