Prelogar and Ardito on the Supreme Court Rejection of Alien Tort Claims Premised on Overseas Conduct (PDF)
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The Court limited Alien Tort claims for human rights violations on non-U.S. soil. Nigerians alleged Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport & Trading Company, of Holland and UK respectively, operating a joint-owned Nigerian subsidiary, aided and abetted rights abuses by the local government. A majority found presumption against extraterritorial application of statutes barred these claims as all relevant conduct took place outside the US.
Brittany Prelogar (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a partner, and Laura Ardito (email@example.com) is an associate, in the Washington, DC office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP (www.steptoe.com). Each are members of the firm's Business and Human Rights practice, which advises and represents corporations on issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility, Alien Tort Statute compliance, and human rights-related matters. Ms. Prelogar received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Ms. Ardito received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.
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