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Oxfam America explores implications of decision in US lawsuit against Nestlé, Cargill, ADM in development of future business models

"Child laborers bring case against food companies: “You’re enabling enslavement”", 26 Sep 2014

A class action suit brought by a group of trafficked children from Mali to the US 9thCircuit Court may have an impact on how corporations develop their business models in the future. In John Doe et al v. Nestle et al, child plaintiffs argued that Nestle, ADM, and Cargill aided and abetted enslavement...in the companies’ cocoa supply chains...The court held that they could bring the action under the US Alien Tort Statute...The John Doe...is significant because it exploits the narrow opening that the Supreme Court left open...following their ruling in...Kiobel [where]...the Supreme Court effectively closed the door to most foreign nationals suing foreign corporations in US federal courts...But what may be even more groundbreaking is the ruling by John Doe around what constitutes “aiding and abetting.”...[T]his could have a real impact on how wages and working conditions factor into companies’ business models...