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U.S. top court rejects Nestle bid to throw out child slavery suit

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By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by Nestle SA, the world's largest food maker, and two other companies to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold them liable for the use of child slaves to harvest cocoa in Ivory Coast.

The high court left in place a December 2014 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Nestle, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co and Cargill Inc filed by former victims of child slavery.

The plaintiffs, who were originally from Mali, contend the companies aided and abetted human rights violations through their active involvement in purchasing cocoa from Ivory Coast. While aware of the child slavery problem, the companies offered financial and technical assistance to local farmers in a bid to guarantee the cheapest source of cocoa, the plaintiffs said.



This does not surprise me in the least that Nestle's would do this. At least they haven't bought their way out of the suit like they've been doing with the bottled water debacle in California.  No more Nestle's for me, if they make it, I am not buying it. Boycott their products, they are not worthy to do business and shouldn't be allowed to make money. 

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