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9 Feb 2010

Nico Colombant, Voice of America (VOA)

Apartheid Case Tests Reach of US Courts

…Last month, a federal district court judge in New York allowed several claims by the South African Khulumani victims support group against international corporations to go forward…American Michael Hausfeld, the lead counsel for the Khulumani group… [said] "It represents the first time post World War II where corporate accountability is clearly under scrutiny for not merely moral lapses but for legal obligations,"…Lawyer Paul Stephan, who filed a brief in the case on behalf of the U.S. National Foreign Trade Council…feels some American courts are going too far…A former U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Princeton Lyman,…said the apartheid lawsuit interferes with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission… [refers to Ford, General Motors, and IBM]