Holding Nestle Liable For Slavery Would Backfire, Coke Says

Law360 (October 28, 2019, 9:08 PM EDT) -- Coca-Cola Co. and pro-business groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to take up Nestle USA Inc.'s fight against claims it aided slavery on Ivory Coast cocoa farms, arguing that the Ninth Circuit's decision holding it liable goes too far and will deter American companies from improving labor conditions abroad.

In four separate amicus briefs, the beverage giant joined the Washington Legal Foundation, the Allied Educational Foundation and the Cato Institute, along with three cocoa industry groups, in urging the nation's highest court to grant Nestle's Sept. 25 petition for a writ of certiorari.

Coca-Cola argued the Ninth Circuit's conclusion...

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