Class Cert. Denied In Bridgestone Child Labor Suit

Law360, New York (March 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has refused to certify a class of Liberian workers who claim Bridgestone Corp. forced them to work as children harvesting latex at a rubber plantation in the west central town of Harbel.

Judge David F. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Wednesday said the proposed class of 8,000 to 10,000 current and former workers did not meet the requirements for certification under Rule 23(b).

Despite objections from Bridgestone, the court found that at least two plaintiffs...
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