Nestle v Doe: U.S. Supreme Court further defines scope of Alien Tort Statute (ATS)

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down its decision on the scope of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), following an appeal by Nestle USA, Inc., the U.S. affiliate of Swiss-based Nestle (Nestle USA), and Cargill, Inc. (Cargill), the largest privately held company in the U.S.. The majority in the Court found in favour of Nestle USA and Cargill, holding that the plaintiffs had “improperly [sought] the extraterritorial application of the ATS” in their claim for alleged aiding and abetting of child slavery and forced labour in the Ivory Coast.

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