And it only took over a decade.
The case the Supreme Court heard last October was the Shell case. Which centered around the kangaroo court extra-judicial murders of Nigerian village activists Ken Saro-Wiwa and Barinem Kiobel. After their village was a victim of an acto f genocide at the hands of Shell security forces and their hired guns affiliated with the (US and CIA supported) Nigerian Dictator General Abacha.
And whether the Alien Torts Claim Act can be used to sue US and Multi-national companies for murder and human rights abuses that take place in foreign countries. Or, more to the point, whether these companies can be held responsible in the country where much of their profits are made, and many of their shareholders are located, or whether they have carte blanche in the corrupt countries where they sometimes operate.
The Exxon-Mobile case centers on tortures and killings by their security staff in Indonesia.
And other multi-national companies- from oil to agriculture, will likewise be affected by this ruling.
The ruling is expected as early as December. And with the current makeup of the supreme court I am not optimistic. Maybe, just maybe, their christian beliefs. Their beliefs in the american way, will trump their long standing trend of turning a blind eye to abuses of all kinds in the name of the almight dollar. One can hope.