New York federal Judge Shira Scheindlin on Wednesday narrowed the claims that will survive in suits charging that multinational corporations aided and abetted South Africa's apartheid regime. In two Alien Tort Claims Act cases, Scheindlin refused to dismiss claims that Ford, General Motors, IBM and others aided and abetted torture and other atrocities. But the judge said the plaintiffs couldn't pursue claims for "breadth of harms" committed under apartheid or seek direct liability for the tort of apartheid.
Judge Narrows Claims in Apartheid Torts Case Against Multinational Corporations
New York Law Journal
April 9, 2009