Another Federal Appeals Court Rejects Corporate Immunity To Human Rights Suits


In what ThinkProgress previously called the “mother of all corporate immunity cases,” the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a challenge to a Second Circuit court of appeals decision holding that corporations are complete immune to a federal law allowing private parties to be sued for committing human rights atrocities abroad. If the Supreme Court agrees with the Second Circuit, it will mean that corporations will have a free pass to “exploit slaves, employ mercenary armies to do dirty work for despots, perform genocides or operate torture prisons for a despot’s political opponents, or engage in piracy – all without civil liability to victims.” Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit became the third court of appeals to reject the Second Circuit’s bizarre reading of the law and hold that corporations cannot simply ignore human rights with impunity. Hopefully, these three decisions will be enough to sway the notoriously pro-corporate Roberts Court.