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19 Dez 2006

Anthony J Sebok, in FindLaw

A Federal Court of Appeals Revives a Class Action Seeking Compensation for Slavery in America

Efforts to hold corporate America accountable for slavery got an unexpected boost last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit revived a massive class action litigation that had been dismissed by a federal district court in Chicago...When the suits were first filed, in 2002, the plaintiffs emphasized the human rights dimension of the injuries for which they were suing. The complaints emphasized, for example, that slavery was a violation of customary international law, regardless of the fact that it may have been legal in certain states when it occurred...As amended, the plaintiffs' complaint dropped all references to violations of human rights, and based the claim for compensation, instead, on much more conventional legal claims for property and personal injury. [refers to CSX, Aetna, FleetBoston (now part of Bank of America). Also refers to Nike v. Kasky, Oliveira v. Amoco Oil lawsuits]

Part of the following timelines

Slavery reparations lawsuit (re USA)

Nike lawsuit (Kasky v Nike, re denial of labour abuses)