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11/13/2019 Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. - Case Brief - Quimbee 1/2 Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. United States Supreme Court 569 U.S. 108 (2013) Rule of Law Federal courts in the United States may not recognize a cause of action under the Alien Tort Statute for violations of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign other than the United States. Facts Kiobel and other Nigerian nationals residing in the United States (plaintiffs) ±led suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Dutch, British, and Nigerian petroleum corporations (oil companies) (defendants). The complaint alleged violations of the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350, in the early 1990s for aiding and abetting the Nigerian government in atrocities including rape, murder, and property destruction against citizens protesting oil exploration in their location. The plaintiffs moved to the United States after the atrocities, were granted political asylum, and became legal residents. The Alien Tort Statute gives federal district courts original jurisdiction over any civil action by an alien for a tort committed in violation of the law of nations. The district court granted in part and denied in part the oil companies’ motion to dismiss and certi±ed its order for interlocutory appeal. The United States Court of Appeals for the
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