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High court weighs interpretation of Alien Tort Statute

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments over whether the 1789 Alien Tort Statute can be used to hold corporations liable for being complicit with violations of international law, with the statute frequently used in cases related to human rights. Chief Justice John Roberts raised the issue of "foreign entanglements" resulting from such corporate liability, with the Trump administration saying the case in question has created difficulties between the US and Jordanian governments.

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