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19 Dec 2013

Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service (USA)

Former Malian Slaves See Nestle Suit Revived

The 9th Circuit gave new life Thursday to claims by three Malians who say they were trafficked into slave labor on Ivory Coast plantations that supplied Nestle with cocoa. The plaintiffs… claimed that they were forced as children to work long days without pay, enduring whippings and beatings…U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson dismissed the case in 2010 for failure to state a claim, finding that corporations may not be sued under the Alien Tort Statute. A divided three-judge appeals panel vacated Wilson's dismissal on Thursday, concluding the opposite. "In light of intervening developments in the law, we conclude that corporations can face liability for claims brought under the Alien Tort Statute," the unsigned order states…