Apple, Google Fight Blame For Child Labor In Cobalt Mines

Law360 (August 26, 2020, 2:24 PM EDT) -- Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell and Tesla have urged a federal judge to toss a proposed class action seeking to hold them accountable for using cobalt mined by young Congolese children in their lithium-ion batteries, telling the court they have no control over the mines.

The tech giants told a D.C. federal court in a joint motion to dismiss Tuesday that although they "strongly condemn" the conditions described by more than a dozen Doe plaintiffs, the entities responsible for the labor violations are multiple degrees away from the companies on the global supply chain.

Because the tech companies don't own the mines...

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