Bittersweet Chocolate

[Three separate false advertisement class action lawsuits have been filed by California consumers against The Hershey Co., Nestle USA Inc., and Mars Inc., claiming these chocolate product manufacturers failed to inform the public that they make their chocolate snacks and treats using cocoa beans harvested by child slaves in Africa.

Furthermore, all three class action lawsuits point to a study performed by Tulane University that found that 4,000 children, many of whom were kidnapped or sold into slavery, were allegedly forced to work on cocoa plantations off the Ivory Coast.

The Mars, Nestle, and Hershey child slavery class action lawsuits were filed after Nestle and a group of other popular food manufacturers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit ruling that permitted three former child slaves, who previously were forced to work at a Mali cocoa plantation, to sue these food giants.]

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