The 2nd Circuit has rejected outright the theory that corporations can be held liable in the U.S. under the Alien Tort Statute for violations of international law in foreign countries. In a sweeping decision rebuffing a suit against Royal Dutch Petroleum and others for allegedly aiding and abetting human rights violations during oil exploration in Nigeria, the court said that "corporate liability is not a discernible -- much less universally recognized -- norm of customary international law that we may apply pursuant to ATS."
2nd Circuit Rejects Corporate Liability in Alien Tort Act Cases
New York Law Journal
September 20, 2010