9th Circ. Sides With Mars In Child-Labor Labeling Suit

Law360 (June 4, 2018, 8:26 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed a district court’s decision to toss a putative class action alleging Mars Inc. had a duty to disclose on its candy labels that African child slaves might have produced its cocoa, finding that California laws don’t obligate companies to make such disclosures.

A unanimous three-judge panel said child labor is “clearly immoral,” but that it’s doubtful failing to disclose on the label that a product may be tainted by such labor practices is itself immoral. Ultimately, California consumer protection laws do not obligate companies to label their goods as possibly being produced by child or...

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