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August 22, 2013

Appeals Court Orders Lower Court to Dismiss ATS Suit

On Wednesday, a federal court ruled that an Alien Tort Statute (ATS) lawsuit against three companies must be thrown out following the precedent established by Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that the ATS does not reach conduct that occurs in foreign countries.  The unanimous decision ordered a district court judge to dismiss the decade-long suit against a number of companies that human rights advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers claimed “aided and abetted” South African apartheid by doing business in the country during that period, Reuters reports.

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