U.S. Supreme Court justices heard accusations this week that two foreign-based units of Shell...

|By:, SA News Editor

U.S. Supreme Court justices heard accusations this week that two foreign-based units of Shell facilitated torture and execution in Nigeria, and seemed to lean toward shielding companies from some suits alleging complicity in overseas atrocities while debating how far to go in scaling back the Alien Tort Statute - which would be a coup for firms such as Exxon and Chevron which have been sued.