Case Detail

Doe I v. Nestlé, S.A.
On February 12, 2018, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, urging it to uphold the dismissal of a long-running lawsuit filed by activists that charges chocolate manufacturers with aiding and abetting human rights violations by farmers in the Ivory Coast. WLF argued that such claims require evidence that the defendants’ conduct was “specifically directed” toward assisting the alleged human rights violations, and that such conduct may not be inferred simply because the manufacturers purchased cocoa from Ivory Coast farmers and provided them with other forms of aid. The plaintiffs are citizens of Mali who claim that, as children, they were enslaved on Ivory Coast farms. WLF argued that they should not be permitted to sue chocolate manufacturers under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), both because they had not alleged any complicity by the manufacturers in their forced labor and because the ATS does not apply extraterritorially.
Case Status:
Awaiting oral argument.
More Information and Downloads:
2/12/2018: Download the Brief

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