A federal appeals court has set a high bar for foreign plaintiffs attempting to use U.S. courts to hold foreign defendants accountable for human rights violations in foreign lands, ruling that liability can be imposed only where it is shown that a defendant "purposefully" aided and abetted a violation of international law. In a major decision Friday, the 2nd Circuit clarified the standard for aiding-and-abetting and conspiracy liability under the Alien Tort Statute.
2nd Circuit Finds Aid Must Be 'Purposeful' for Alien Tort Statute Liability
New York Law Journal
October 6, 2009