Hershey's Can't Nix Investor Suit Over African Child Labor

By Jamie Santo (March 18, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT) -- A Delaware Chancery Court judge refused to toss a Hershey Co. shareholder's books-and-records suit seeking to investigate whether the chocolate giant is complicit in child labor violations by its African cocoa suppliers, rejecting on Tuesday a magistrate's report recommending dismissal.

At a hearing in Wilmington, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster denied Hershey's motion to dismiss, finding that shareholder Louisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System had presented sufficient facts for the court to infer that some wrongdoing may have occurred.

LAMPERS' complaint is sufficient to pass the pleading stage, the vice chancellor said, given that the plaintiffs receive the benefit on motions...

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