Goodbye ATS? U.S. Supreme Court Imposes Presumption Against Extraterroriality on ATS Claims

by Julian Ku

(UPDATE: Whoops, Ken beat me to the punch. Still, look here for more comments soon.) Here is the opinion. I am just going through it now, but it looks like the ATS is going to be severely restricted on territoriality grounds for the near future.  More from all of us later on today.

Breaking: US Supreme Court Affirms Second Circuit Dismissal of ATS Suit in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.

by Kenneth Anderson

The US Supreme Court released its long-awaited Kiobel decision this morning, affirming the Second Circuit’s dismissal of the plaintiffs Alien Tort Statute claims.  Chief Justice Roberts wrote the opinion, joined by Justices Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy.  Justice Kennedy wrote a separate concurrence; Justice Alito did likewise, joined by Justice Thomas. Justice Breyer concurred in the judgment, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.  I’m posting this primarily in order to supply the link to the opinion asap, so I’ll refrain from commenting on it for now.  The SCOTUS opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. can be found here.