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Lawsuit against Shell should be a no-brainer to decide

Published: October 20

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case pitting a group of Nigerians against Royal Dutch Shell, which has been accused of complicity in torture and executions in Nigeria. According to an Oct. 18 news story, “The lower [U.S.] courts are divided about whether only an individual may be sued under the [alien tort] statute or whether it extends to cover corporations.”

Since the Supreme Court has already decided that, when it comes to contributions to political campaigns, corporations are just like individuals, the decision on whether a corporation can be sued should be a no-brainer. Or will the Supreme Court let corporations have their cake and eat it, too?

John Elsbree, North Bethesda

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