Apr 02

Supreme Court to Decide Application of Alien Tort Statute to Corporations

DALLAS – The U.S. Supreme Court this week agreed to hear Jesner, et al., v. Arab Bank PLC involving the application of the Alien Tort Statute to corporations. The terror financing case comes to the Court following a ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals holding that such claims can only be brought against individuals.

The Court’s ruling will have a significant impact on whether U.S. courts will hear human rights cases brought by international victims of terror attacks and other crimes that violate international law. Attorneys from Sayles Werbner utilized the Anti-Terrorism Act in securing a precedent setting verdict on behalf of American clients in 2014’s landmark Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank PLC.

“Although the majority of courts have held that the ATS applies to corporate offenders as well as to individuals, the fact that a court with the  importance of the Second Circuit has denied its application to corporations, makes a review by the high court imperative,” said firm founder Mark S. Werbner, who tried the Linde case and submitted a brief – with Michael Elsner of Motley Rice LLC and members of the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic – encouraging the Supreme Court’s review of Jesner. 

In Linde, Arab Bank PLC was found liable for providing financial services to terror organizations that were committing terror attacks in Israel that killed and maimed American citizens. The verdict recently earned the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the national public interest law firm, Public Justice. The award honors attorneys who made the greatest contribution to the public interest through their work in precedent-setting, socially significant cases.

Sayles Werbner maintains an international reputation as a proven trial law firm in complex business litigation, life-altering personal injury cases, and practically every type of case that requires courtroom expertise. 

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