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Hodsdon v. Mars, Inc.

Much of the world’s cocoa bean supply comes from the Ivory Coast, where child and slave labor is common. Plaintiff: California consumer protection law requires Mars to inform consumers that such labor is part of its supply chain. Ninth Circuit: Nope. The law imposes a duty on manufacturers to disclose when products might pose a safety hazard. And the chocolate isn’t hazardous. (Click here for some long-form journalism on the topic.)


Tags: 2018, Class Action, Consumer Protection, Ninth Circuit

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