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