- Garcia v. Sebelius, the ATS case regarding medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s, was rejected by the D.C. Circuit. (complaint)
- Jones Day’s Meil Felder writes an entry in SCOTUSblog’s online Kiobel symposium in which he argues that Sosa is a bit more restrictive than generally understood:
First, Sosa makes clear that an ATS cause of action exists, if at all, only to the extent created by the courts as federal common law; violations of international law do not necessarily, or even presumptively, give rise to a cause of action. Second, Sosa (correctly) recognizes the limited and deeply practical purpose of the ATS : to prevent adverse consequences from the narrow category of law of nations violations for which the United States would be held responsible by the sovereign of the injured alien. Taken together, these principles make it very hard to justify a federal common law cause of action for wrongs against aliens by their own governments.
- Beth Stephens, Law Professor at Rutgers-Camden uses familiar tools of statutory construction and reaches the opposite view.