Nestlé decision shows flaws in human rights supply chain

Law360 (June 18, 2021, 4:45 p.m. EDT) – The United States Supreme Court on Thursday released an important ruling regarding the liability of American corporations under the Alien Tort Statute for complicity in serious human rights violations to the foreign.

The result was not the gutting of the law[1] feared by human rights defenders, but it dealt a severe blow to ATS complaints for human rights violations abroad.

In Nestlé USA Inc. v. Doe, and the related case of Cargill Inc. v. Doe, the question was whether American corporations can be held accountable under the ATS for aiding and abetting child slavery and forced labor violations abroad.

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