The Supreme Court of the United States granted review in four cases this morning, two of which are to be set for argument in tandem:

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, No. 10-1491: Whether corporations may be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350.

To be argued in tandem with:

Mohamad v. Rajoub, No. 11-88: Whether only individuals may be sued under the Torture Victim Protection Act.

Elgin v. Dept. of Treasury, No. 11-45: Whether the Civil Service Reform Act precludes federal courts from jurisdiction over constitutional claims by federal employees for equitable relief.

United States v. Alvarez, No. 11-210: Whether the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to falsely claim to have been awarded a decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.