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Could anything be worse for human rights claimants than a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the Alien Tort Statute does not apply to corporations? Yes: a ruling by the Supreme Court that the Alien Tort Statute does not apply to human rights offenses committed in other nations. The first issue was argued before the Court in February in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell. In a surprise procedural order in March, the Court ordered the parties to brief the second issue, and reargue the case in the October term.

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