America: the best government the corporations can buy?

Today the Supreme Court took on a case that could decline whether or not corporations can be sued over torture. The case involves about a dozen Nigerian activists that say Shell Oil’s parent company helped the Nigerian government in violently cracking down on anti-oil protesters. But the multinational company argues – they are not liable because they are not “Natural persons.” In other words, since corporations are not people, they cannot be sued for human rights violations. Caroline Heldman of Occidental College has had her say on the matter.

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