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A Vindication of Corporate Liability
Dorothea Bean
1
& Philip Hadle
2
I. Introduction
“Corporations are a great thing,” Robert Kennedy once opined, “[but they]
don’t want democracy . . . they want profits.
3
Under the current state of the law, a foreign human rights victim can sue
a corporation under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) in Florida, but not
in New York
.
4
This circuit split will be resolved when the Supreme Court
decides
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co
.
5
later this year, but until then,
we present here the case for corporate liability under the ATCA.
The ATCA reads, in its entirety:
1
,
Stetson
University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida.
2 J.D. 2012, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida.
3 Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
, Commentary: The Power of Law: Remarks to Pennsylvania
State University’s Dickinson School of Law
,
.
4
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.
,
.
5
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.
,
,
cert. granted
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