Court Roundup

Washington, D.C.: Supreme Court turns down appeal in genocide lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal that sought to hold a Canadian energy company accountable in U.S. courts for allegedly aiding genocide in its pursuit of oil in Sudan.

The court did not comment Monday on its order turning down an appeal from the Presbyterian Church of Sudan, which filed a civil lawsuit against Talisman Energy Inc. on behalf of current and former residents of southern Sudan who suffered injuries during six years of a decades-long conflict in the region.

Lower federal courts threw out the lawsuit, saying there was no credible evidence to support the claims against the Calgary-based company.

Washington, D.C.: High court won’t hear appeal from 9/11 families over ashes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks have lost their bid to get the Supreme Court to rule that New York City must provide a proper burial for material taken from the World Trade Center site because it could contain the ashes of victims.

The justices on Monday said they would not hear an appeal from the families of some of those killed when the 110-story twin towers collapsed nine years ago.

Lower federal courts had dismissed the families’ lawsuit against the city, saying it acted responsibly in moving 1.6 million tons of materials from the site in Lower Manhattan to a landfill on Staten Island and then sifting through the material for human remains.

No remains have been found of roughly 1,100 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001