Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Update on the Alien Tort Statute and torture statute cases

I blogged about the alien tort statute case, Kiobel v. Shell Petroleum, a few months ago.  That case won't be decided until the next Supreme Court term.  The Court did decide a separate case,  Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority, which presented a somewhat similar issue.  The Court unanimously ruled only individuals and not corporations or organizations can be sued under the Torture Victim Protection Act.  The use of the word "individual" in the statute was decisive in the opinion written by Justice Sotomayor.

The opinion:

The oral argument transcript:

s/ Kurt Koehler
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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48198
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