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Supreme Court Hears Law on Human Rights Suits Against Firms

U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested they may bar victims of overseas atrocities from using a centuries-old law to sue corporations for complicity, as the court weighed a case stemming from Middle Eastern terrorism. Hearing arguments Wednesday in Washington, the court’s …

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear if Arab Bank Is Financially Liable for Terrorist Attacks

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider reviving litigation seeking to hold Arab Bank Plc financially liable for militant attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories that accused the Jordan-based bank of being the “paymaster” to militant groups. …

Supreme Court Dismisses South Africans’ Apartheid Claims Against IBM, Ford

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by a group of black South Africans seeking to revive human rights litigation aiming to hold Ford Motor Co. and IBM Corp. liable for allegedly conducting business that helped perpetuate racial …

Supreme Court Says Nestle Must Face Liability Claim for Foreign Child Slavery

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by Nestle SA, the world’s largest food maker, and two other companies to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold them liable for the use of child slaves to harvest cocoa …

Court Upholds Dismissal of Apartheid Claims Against Ford, IBM

Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot pursue lawsuits seeking to hold Ford Motor Co. and IBM Corp. liable for conducting business that helped perpetuate the practice decades ago, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit …

Supreme Court Rejects Human Rights Claim Against Multinational Firm

The U.S. Supreme Court gave multinational companies a stronger shield against lawsuits, throwing out a case against Daimler AG over a company unit’s alleged collaboration in torture and killings in Argentina. The justices unanimously said the parent company didn’t have …

German Firms Not Liable Under U.S. Alien Tort Statute for Aiding Apartheid

A U.S. judge on Thursday said Daimler AG and Rheinmetall AG cannot be held liable for allegedly aiding and abetting South Africa’s former apartheid government in race-based attacks and injustices. The plaintiffs in the case accused the two German companies, …

Supreme Court: U.S. Courts Lack Jurisdiction to Hear Foreign Human Rights Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that federal courts do not have jurisdiction to hear lawsuits against foreign corporations accused of aiding in human rights abuses abroad. In one of its biggest human rights cases in years, the justices …

Supreme Court to Hear Employer Liability, Class Certification in New Term

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review close to 40 cases in its new term that begins on Monday, roughly half the number the court is expected to hear this year. Below are some of the more prominent cases …

Supreme Court Weighs If Firms Can Be Sued Over Human Rights Abuses Abroad

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would hear arguments next term on whether an 18th century U.S. law can be used to sue multinational corporations or others in American courts for alleged human rights abuses committed abroad. The …