9th Circ. Revives Child Labor Suit Against Nestle, Cargill
By David McAfee
Law360, Los Angeles (December 19, 2013, 9:26 PM ET) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday vacated the dismissal of a putative class action brought against Nestle USA Inc., Cargill Inc. and others over alleged forced child labor, holding that the corporations could face liability for claims brought under the Alien Tort Statute.
The plaintiffs are former child slaves of Malian origin who say they were trafficked and forced to work harvesting and cultivating cocoa beans on farms in Cote d’Ivoire that supply cocoa beans to the defendant companies. They have asserted claims under the ATS, as...