We don’t think that we as a country should deal with cases like this one. This case is based in another country, so we shouldn’t have to get involved in it. By involving ourselves with foreign crimes, we could end up causing more problems in our country and in other countries.
First of all, our government would be throwing away a lot of money that we don’t have. In order to help the victims of the conflict in Nigeria, our government would have to intervene financially to fund their trials. If they help out the citizens of Nigeria, people from all over the world will expect the United States to help them as well.
Along those lines, the people that brought the lawsuit said the companies were guilty of serious crimes because they had assisted the governments that committed those crimes. These lawsuits should be dealt with in the countries that they occurred in. There is no need for our government to get involved because they crimes didn’t happen here and we have nothing to do with the things that happened overseas.
By getting involved in these problems, our country is opening up unnecessary issues. If our government decides to help the victims in other countries, then they will be wasting resources and time that could be used elsewhere.
Corporations should have the same laws as individuals so that they can be tried for the same crimes that normal people can be convicted of. Big businesses should be charged to the full extent of the law. If they have committed a crime that deals with a foreign country and that crime might make our ties with that country strained, then that business should go in front of the court and be tried as an individual.
If big corporations do not choose to protect their rights as if they were individuals, there would be no way to hold everyone accountable that they did or did not commit. In the Kiobel vs. Royal Dutch Petroleum case, the Royal Dutch Petroleum corporation is being accused of crimes against the people of Nigeria. By holding the corporation accountable, the mistreated citizens of Nigeria will have the right to go to court and receive justice.
The United States should take an interest in cases like Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum because it involves an American corporation. If an American individual or corporation is named in a case, it should be able to be tried in America, according to the Alien Tort Statute. Because the Court previously found in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporation have the same rights as individual, the United States should try cases that involve corporations. The United States should care about this case because if the tables were turned and an American citizen had a complaint against a different nation’s corporation, wouldn’t that citizen want to be able to try that case in the American judicial system? It might be messy for the United States, but because an American corporation is involved, the Court should find in favor of Kiobel.Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum: Why the U.S. Should Care About This Case
To the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
The Supreme court should hear the case of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum and such cases because they have to do with U.S. corporations violating the laws of the United States of America. Such cases are important to the united states, sure they may cost money and lead to disputes but such case are just too important to ignore. U.S. corporations should not be allowed to break the law in other countries and disregard United States laws. They are the face of the United States in foreign countries and in such cases make the U.S. seem cruel and hypocritical. U.S. corporations should be held to the same laws as U.S. citizens because they are based in the U.S. Cases like this are important to our country and to its people. The Supreme court should hear these cases and rule in favor of Kiobel, if Royal Dutch Petroleum has broken the laws of the United States that the Supreme Court is entrusted to protect.
I think that cases like these deserve a hearing from the Supreme Court just because the issue at hand isn’t directly affecting anyone in the United States, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a say in their own fate. It’s an American company based in another country, so America should be responsible for their employee’s just like they are for their industries in the United States. If the tables were turned and employees here were taken advantage of and tortured here, things would be different. I believe that we should hear these cases because they do have a voice even if they aren’t in this country.