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APR 17, 2013 - Boston Herald

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High court limits suits over foreign abuses

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has limited the ability of foreign victims of human rights abuses to use American courts to seek accountability and monetary damages for their suffering.The justices unanimously agreed Wednesday to shut down a lawsuit filed by Nigerians against Royal Dutch Petroleum, or Shell Oil, over claims that the company was complicit in murder and other abuses committed by the Nigerian government against its citizens in the oil-rich Niger Delta in the 1990s.

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