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4 Sep 2014

US Court Of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

[PDF] John Doe I et al v. Nestle USA, Inc.; Archer Daniels Midland Company; Cargill Incorporated Company; Cargill Cocoa

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The plaintiffs in this case are former child slaves who were forced to harvest cocoa in the Ivory Coast. They filed claims under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) against defendants Nestle USA, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Company, Cargill Incorporated Company, and Cargill Cocoa, alleging that the defendants aided and abetted child slavery by providing assistance to Ivorian farmers. The district court dismissed their complaint, finding that the plaintiffs failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. We reverse, vacate, and remand for further proceedings.

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US court says lawsuit against Nestlé, Cargill, ADM over child slavery in Côte d'Ivoire can proceed

Nestlé, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland lawsuit (re Côte d'Ivoire)