On Tuesday, SCOTUS will return to an issue it heard and then dodged nearly a decade ago: whether corporations can be held liable for human rights abuses abroad supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?fi…
The justices first agreed to take up the issue in 2011, when the Citizens United ruling was still fresh in peoples' minds. I was a baby professional journalawyer and wrote about it.
Here's what I wrote on the eve of the oral argument in 2012:
BUT THEN the justices decided to order reargument, junking the corporate liability issue...perhaps because the optics of declaring corporate immunity for human rights abuses abroad would have been terrible so soon after Citizens United?
Then came the ruling unanimously narrowing the ATS's reach, though the court was fractured on ideological lines over the reasoning
(Here's the ruling in Kiobel: supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf…)
But perhaps nearly 11 years after Citizens United is enough distance from the bad optics...and this week the justices will once again take up the issue of corporate immunity for human rights abuses abroad...this time with the question relating specifically to domestic companies.
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