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US high court expands look at rights abuses abroad
US Supreme Court to consider wiping out foreigners' ability to sue over rights abuses abroad
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Supreme Court has agreed to consider eliminating the right of foreigners to use American courts to sue those they claim are responsible for human rights abuses abroad.

In an unusual move, the justices on Monday put off a decision in a case they heard last week asking whether businesses could be sued under a 1789 law for their alleged complicity in war crimes, killings and other atrocities that take place in foreign countries.

Instead, the court said it wants to explore the broader question of whether anyone ' individuals or businesses ' can be sued under the Alien Tort Statute for violations of international law that occur in other countries.

The case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum will be argued again later in the year.

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