Supreme Court Begins New Term

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2012)--The Supreme Court began a new term Monday and appeared ready to impose new limits on lawsuits brought in U.S. courts over human rights violations abroad.

The justices started their new term Monday with arguments over whether businesses and individuals can be sued in the United States for conduct that takes place on foreign soil and has foreign victims.

The dispute involves a lawsuit filed against Royal Dutch Petroleum over claims that the oil company was complicit in abuses committed by the Nigerian government against its citizens in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Justice Samuel Alito said the case has no connection to this country and wondered why it should "belong in the courts of the United States?"


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