Ford and Daimler have scored a major victory in a long-running lawsuit filed in US federal court by unnamed South African nationals. The suit alleges that both manufacturers and their subsidiaries sold their vehicles to the South African military, despite knowing that they'd be involved in violently putting down anti-apartheid protesters.
According to Reuters, South African plaintiffs filed the case under the 223-year-old Alien Torts Statute, a law which allows foreign nationals to file charges in US courts for perceived breaches of what was originally international law, but now more closely relates to violations of human rights.

And while the case – which also involves computer manufacturer IBM – has been tied up in federal courts for years, a recent case from the Supreme Court struck down a similar suit against Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell), arguing that the ATS doesn't apply to corporations or to conduct if it occurred outside the US. In short, the law applies to individuals, but not corporations like Ford or Daimler. A US appeals court ruled that the conditions apply in this case, potentially drawing this long-running saga to a close, as the defendants will now be allowed to request that the case be dismissed in district court.

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      Nice way thank Ford which was one of the first major corporations to defy S. African apartheid and grant its black workers equal pay, and equal advancement opportunities.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't they sue themselves for paying taxes to the government of South Africa?
      Darren McKinney
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad to see this parasitic lawsuit nearing its end and coming up empty.
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      "violently putting down anti-apartheid protesters." Kinda hard not to do that when "protesters" start shooting and lighting people on fire. Apartheid wasn't right, the way it was protested wasn't right, the corrupt mess of a government installed after it isn't right. It would seem that South Africa will unfortunately be a bit of a mess forever.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should be punished
      • 1 Year Ago
      "the law applies to individuals, but not corporations like Ford or Daimler" ... except that the Supreme Court rules that corporations are people, so..... ?
      Timothy Carey
      • 1 Year Ago
      So legally they are people but not when it comes to liability? This is just like that guy getting pulled over in the HOV lane with his incorporation papers.
      • 1 Year Ago
      SweetfeetBaby: you are the only one still peddling that liberal history which, as many of your audience may not know is an attempt to make the claim that, like Columbus, you found nobody in South Africa when you invaded our land. Keep talking, and perhaps a generation of boers and liberals in the future will hear your cause better, because currently, we're debunked that mythical story.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ATS is a very complicated and controversial area of the law. It is not a good idea to post about in on a car website.
      James G. Banks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, and we also know that Ford hated Jews and that he even wrote papers about this and made dealers sell those papers at dealerships. He also sold materials and vehicles to Germany before WWII and haled Hitler as a visionary and also a comrade against Jews. Nissan and Mitsubishi used U. S. POW's from the Japanese concentration camps as forced slave labor in there fighter plane factories. People still drive Fords, Nissans, and Mitsubishis.