Every U.S. company doing business overseas—especially in developing economies—should be interested in the outcome of two cases that are currently before the Supreme Court of the United States. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. and Mohamed v. Palestinian Authority, the Supreme Court faces the issue of whether corporations can be sued for violations of international law under U.S. statutes, including the Alien Tort Claims Act. These cases involve tort claims against non-natural persons—oil companies are alleged to have aided and abetted international law violations in Nigeria in Kiobel, and the Palestinian Authority is alleged to have committed torture and extrajudicial killing in Mohamed.
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