S. Africa Lays Down Sword In Apartheid Suits

Law360, New York (September 4, 2009, 3:13 PM EDT) -- The South African government has withdrawn its opposition to two U.S. federal court lawsuits seeking to hold a slew of multinational corporate giants accountable for allegedly aiding the country’s apartheid regime.

The government’s turnabout was detailed in a letter delivered Sept. 1 to Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where the two cases have been pending for more than seven years.

In previous filings with the court the government had said the cases interfered with a foreign...
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