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Child-Slavery Appeals by Nestle, Cargill Draw Supreme Court Inquiry

  • Supreme Court seeks Trump administration input on appeals
  • Former slaves say U.S. offices of companies were complicit

The U.S. Supreme Court signaled interest in giving companies a broader shield from lawsuits by victims of overseas atrocities, asking the Trump administration for advice on a case stemming from child slavery on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast.

Nestle SA’s U.S. unit and Cargill Inc. are urging the court to end a suit that accuses them of complicity in the use of forced child labor in the African country. The Supreme Court on Monday asked U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco to advise whether the justices should hear the companies’ appeals.