Nonprofits Tell Justices Nestle, Cargill Liable For Child Slavery

By Sarah Martinson (October 22, 2020, 1:07 PM EDT) -- Law professors, former government officials and nonprofits urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal courts have authority over claims by residents of Mali that cocoa suppliers for Nestlé and Cargill forced them into slavery, arguing that U.S. companies are liable for overseas human rights abuses.

The Constitutional Accountability Center and the Yale Law School Center told the justices in separate briefs on Tuesday and Wednesday that federal courts can hold U.S. corporations and individuals accountable for violations of universal norms such as the bans of slavery, forced labor and human trafficking even when the actions occur overseas.

"These prohibitions...

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