Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SCOTUS Decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

Today the Supreme Court decided Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. (No. 10-1491), a long-pending case involving the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). Although the Court is unanimous that the ATS does not provide jurisdiction in this particular case, there is a 5-4 split on the reasoning.

Chief Justice Roberts authors the majority opinion, joined by Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito. In addition, Justice Kennedy files a concurring opinion, and Justice Alito files a concurring opinion that Thomas joins.

Justice Breyer authors an opinion concurring in judgment, joined by Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.

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