Apartheid Abuse Suits Revived Against Ford, IBM

By Michael Lipkin (April 17, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday revived claims that Ford Motor Co. and IBM Corp. aided and abetted apartheid-era South Africa by selling the government military vehicles and computers, ruling that corporations could be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin gave the putative class action plaintiffs until May 15 to revise their complaint, initially filed in 2002, finding that the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum overturned a Second Circuit decision that said the case deserved to be dismissed.

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