Lawsuits

Below are selected lawsuits brought against companies for alleged human rights abuses against children.  More lawsuits will be added to this section over time.  Further information on corporate legal accountability for human rights is on our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal.

Summary profile of lawsuit against Sanlu over melamine contaminated milk products in China causing children to fall ill
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Summary profile of lawsuits against Pfizer over Nigeria drug trials on children that allegedly caused deaths, injuries
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Summary profile of lawsuit against Firestone over alleged child labour in Liberia
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Nestle, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland lawsuit re alleged trafficking of children from Mali to work in Côte d’Ivoire cocoa fields
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Builder, locked-up youths reach $17 million settlement in Pa. 'kids for cash' lawsuit [USA]
Associated Press, 16 Dec 2011
Developer settles lawsuit alleging innocent juveniles were locked up to occupy youth detention facilities built by his company.

Some lenders allegedly deny mortgages to women on maternity leave [USA]
Kenneth R. Harvey, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jun 2011
Legal actions brought against mortgage lenders allegedly discriminating against pregnant women & women on maternity leave

Tour Company Accused of Brazilian Child Sex Traffic
Jacqueline J. Holness, Courthouse News Service (USA), 15 Jun 2011
Lawsuit filed in US court alleges tour company Wet-A-Line recruited minors in Brazil to "engage in commercial sex acts"

Mother sues bank over maternity leave [Uganda]
Sunrise (Uganda), 24 Jun 2010
“A twenty six year old woman has taken her former employers to court accusing them of unfairly sacking her because she skipped one week from duty during which she delivered her baby…”

Bad milk turns sour – as judge rejects claims [Hong Kong]
Patsy Moy, Standard (Hong Kong), 28 May 2010
“A lawsuit seeking compensation for the parents of four children affected by tainted mainland milk powder two years ago has been thrown out…”

RI high court overturns lead-paint verdict [USA]
Peter Lord, Providence Journal (USA), 2 Jul 2008
“The Rhode Island Supreme Court yesterday brought an abrupt end to the state’s nine-year campaign to force some of the nation’s major corporations to clean up the lead-based paints that the state believes poisoned tens of thousands of Rhode Island children…”

DuPont agrees to settle fungicide lawsuits alleging birth defects for $9M
Associated Press, 4 May 2007
“The DuPont Co. has agreed to pay $9 million (€6.6 million) to settle two lawsuits alleging that its fungicide Benlate caused birth defects in children, according to court records and a federal regulatory filing...”

Human rights activists trying to sue Uzbek ministry for child labour
Uznews.net, 25 Feb 2009
Activists of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan have submitted their suit to Tashkent’s Mirzo-Ulugbek district to demand the Education Ministry pay 100 million sums for damage inflicted on thousands of schoolchildren and teachers who were forced to pick cotton last autumn…”

UNICEF lauds Supreme Court for lifting ban on Philippine Milk Code implementing rules
UNICEF, 10 Oct 2007
“With this ruling, infant formula manufacturers will be prevented from making false or exaggerated health claims about their products…”
     Spilled corporate milk in the Philippines
     Cher S. Jimenez, Asia Times, 25 Jul 2007

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