Apple, Google, Tesla, Microsoft Beat Child Labor Mine Suit

By Dave Simpson (November 2, 2021, 10:19 PM EDT) -- A D.C. federal judge tossed a suit seeking to hold Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell and Tesla accountable for allegedly using cobalt mined by young Congolese children in their lithium-ion batteries, ruling Tuesday that, among other things, the plaintiffs haven't shown a causal connection between their injuries and the companies.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols acknowledged that while the complaint from more than a dozen Doe plaintiffs in the Democratic Republic of Congo describes "tragic events," it also has several flaws, including the fact that the alleged harm isn't traceable to the companies.

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