Nestle Asks Justices To Nix Foreign Child Slavery Suit

Law360, New York (September 28, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT) -- Nestle and other food industry behemoths have asked the Supreme Court to toss the Ninth Circuit's ruling that three anonymous former child slaves on Mali cocoa plantations can sue the corporations under the Alien Tort Statute, saying the ruling broadens the law.

The Ninth Circuit held last year that the three anonymous plaintiffs had sufficiently alleged Nestle USA Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Cargill Incorporated Co. had aided and abetted slavery through their pursuit of low-cost cocoa in the Ivory Coast. In a petition for writ of certiorari filed on Sept. 18, the corporations said that standard would drastically expand...

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