Doe v. Nestle, S.A.

Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa is produced in the Ivory Coast, where child slavery is rampant. Former child slaves who were kidnapped and forced to work for up to 14 hours a day without pay sue large chocolate companies in the U.S., alleging they aided and abetted slavery. Companies: U.S. courts can’t hear the suit because any harm took place overseas. Ninth Circuit: The companies are alleged to have had employees from their U.S. headquarters regularly inspect operations in the Ivory Coast and report back to the U.S., where financing decisions were made. That’s sufficiently domestic to allow the case to go forward.

Tags: 2018, Labor Law, Ninth Circuit, Tort Law

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