Supreme Court may narrow law in human rights cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the first case of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday of allowing foreign plaintiffs a broad right to sue in American courts against overseas corporations accused of aiding in human rights atrocities. But in oral arguments in one of the court's biggest human rights cases in years, some justices suggested they might not close U.S. courts to ...

Supreme Court to weigh ending foreigners’ ability to sue over rights abuses abroad

The Supreme Court said Monday that it will consider whether American courts can hear lawsuits alleging human rights atrocities that were committed overseas without a direct U.S. connection. The court took the rare move of delaying a decision in a case heard last week about whether a 1789 law — the Alien Tort Statute — allows corporations to be held liable for human rights abuses committed abroad ...

Top court sets new arguments on human rights suits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 justices said in a brief order they would consider during rearguments in the case whether the 1789 U.S. law at issue, the Alien Tort ...