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2nd Circuit Tosses Apartheid Cases Against IBM, Ford

Author: Dan McCue, Courthouse News Service, Published on: 27 July 2015

Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM and the Ford Motor Co. in New York because there is no evidence any of the corporations' alleged offenses occurred in the United States, the Second Circuit ruled Monday. The ruling, written by U.S. Circuit Judge Jose Cabranes on behalf of the three-judge panel, cites a 2013 ruling by the Supreme Court that significantly limits the reach of the 1789 Alien Tort Statute…The panel's ruling Monday upheld decision by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who threw out the cases last year -- some of them filed as long ago as 2002, against scores of corporations and individuals -- because the conduct complained of occurred overseas.

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