"The justices ruled 8-1 in favour of the food companies and against a group of six adult citizens of Mali who claimed they were taken from their country as children and forced to work on cocoa farms in neighbouring Ivory Coast."
The Supreme Court recently concluded 90 minutes of oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Doe v. Nestlé and Doe v. Cargill. Those arguments are summarized by law professor Beth Van Schaack. A decision in the case is expected in June.
Cases brought under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) tend to attract a lot of “friends of the Court” briefs, and Nestlé v. Doe/Cargill v. Doe did not disappoint – seven amici filed briefs on behalf of the petitioners Nestlé USA, Inc. and Cargill, Inc., and a whopping eighteen filed on behalf of the respondents (Malian nationals alleging that petitioners aided and abetted child slavery abroad).
This article is part of a Just Security series on the consolidated cases of Nestlé USA, Inc. v. Doe I and Cargill Inc. v. Doe I, to be argued before the Supreme Court on Dec. 1.
This week, Yale Law School faculty and students worked to submit two amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Nestle USA, Inc. v. Doe and Cargill, Inc. v. Doe. The case raises questions about what civil actions can be brought against a U.S. domestic corporation under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and whether the judiciary has the authority under the state to impose liability on those corporations.
The organisations asked the Supreme Court to rule that U.S. corporations can be sued by foreigners under the Alien Tort Statute and taken to court for aiding and abetting gross human rights abuses. They highlight that the outcome will have profound implications for millions of Internet users and other citizens of countries around the world, because providing sophisticated surveillance and censorship products and services to foreign governments is big business for some American tech companies.
The world’s chocolate companies depend on cocoa produced with the aid of more than 1 million West African child laborers, according to a new report by the University of Chicago sponsored by the US Labor Department. The report comes ahead of a much anticipated Supreme Court hearing expected this December in the case against Nestlé and Cargill involving a group of Malians who say that as adolescents, they were forced to work on Ivory Coast cocoa farms.