Costco Shoppers Ask. 9th Circ. To Revive Slave Labor Suit

Law360, San Francisco (June 12, 2018, 10:19 PM EDT) -- Costco shoppers asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to revive their false advertising class action claiming the retailer knowingly sold shrimp farmed with slave labor while touting its anti-human rights abuse policy, saying the court’s recent ruling for Mars Inc. in another case differed because the candy maker hadn’t advertised its human rights policies.

Monica Sud and her mother, Cecilia Jacobo, alleged the farmed prawns that Costco Wholesale Corp. sells are fed with fishmeal from so-called “trash fish” caught on Southeast Asian fishing boats that may use slave labor and engage in human trafficking. The plaintiffs’ attorney, Derek Howard of the Howard Law Firm, said...

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