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U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

After sidestepping the issue four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to reckon with a question that global businesses and human rights groups want answered: whether corporations can be held liable in U.S. courts for overseas misdeeds under the Alien Tort Statute.

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