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Why does company disclosure matter under the Modern Slavery Act? Lessons from California and the Barber V Nestle USA Case (Class action alleging disclosure on pet food should have revealed modern slavery)

The US has seen a wave of lawsuits arising companies alleging that their products have been made by slaves. One of the latest cases brought in the US was Barber v Nestle ( August 2015) In the case of Melanie Barber et al (Plaintiff) v Nestle USA, INC., a Delaware Corporation; and Nestle Purina Petcare CO., a Missouri Corporation (Defendants [Case No: SACV 15-01364-CJC(AGRx), Melanie Barber was the plaintiff alleging that Nestle had violated consumer protection statutes by failing to disclose that some ingredients in their cat food products contained seafood which was sourced from forced labour.

The alleged violations were brought under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL), the California Legal Remedies Act and violations under the California False Advertising law.

Nestle applied for the motion to be dismissed.

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