A precedent-setting decision rejecting corporate liability in U.S. courts for violations of customary international law in foreign countries will now stand unless the U.S. Supreme Court says otherwise.

By the slimmest of margins, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday refused to review in banc a September ruling that companies cannot be sued under the Alien Tort Statute in U.S. courts for aiding and abetting torture, cruel and inhuman treatment or other violations of international law committed by foreign entities or nations on foreign soil.

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