July 2, 2020 / 1:51 PM / a month ago

U.S. Supreme Court takes up Nestle, Cargill appeals over human rights claims

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether American corporations can be sued for alleged human rights abuses occurring abroad under a 1789 law, agreeing on Thursday to hear appeals by two companies - Cargill Inc and a Nestle SA subsidiary - accused of knowingly helping perpetuate slavery at Ivory Coast cocoa farms.

The two companies are asking the nine justices to reverse a lower court ruling that allowed the lawsuit, filed on behalf of former child slaves from Mali who worked on the farms, against the companies filed under the Alien Tort Statute to proceed.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Will Dunham

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