The see-saw legal fights over holding multinational corporations liable for aiding foreign governments in alleged international human rights violations may come to a head in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chevron Corp. has asked a federal judge in San Francisco to reconsider her August decision that Nigerian villagers can take the oil giant to trial over its alleged role in aiding the Nigerian military in attacks that killed and wounded protesters at oil facilities in 1998 and 1999.