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15 Feb 2008

Associated Press

DOJ Asks Top Court To Stop Apartheid Suit Naming Companies

The Bush administration has asked the Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit that accuses more than 30 U.S. and European corporations of violating international law by assisting South Africa's former apartheid government...Paul Hoffman, the lead attorney for the other two groups of plaintiffs, said he will argue in a brief to the Supreme Court next month that it is too early in the litigation for the justices to weigh in...The case - three suits being considered jointly - seeks up to $400 billion in damages from corporations such as Ford, IBM, Citigroup, General Electric...Hewlett-Packard, Exxon Mobil, Bank of America, General Motors...