A Court-Side Seat: SCOTUS Clarifies Alien Tort Statute and WOTUS Is Revisited

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A brief account of some of the notable U.S. environmental and administrative law cases recently decided.

July 11, 2021
Anthony B. Cavender - Gravel2Gavel

What follows is a brief account of some of the notable U.S. environmental and administrative law cases recently decided.

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

Nestle USA, Inc. et al. v. Doe, et al.
The Supreme Court has decided another important case interpreting the Alien Tort Statute. Released on June 17, 2021, this decision reverses the Ninth Circuit which had ruled that the respondents—six individuals who alleged they were child slaves employed on Ivory Coast cocoa farms, could sue the American-based companies for aiding and abetting child slave labor. Without dissent, the Court rejected this reading of the ATS and affirmed its own recent rulings on the scope of the ATS.

Mr. Cavender may be contacted at anthony.cavender@pillsburylaw.com



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