Apartheid victims can sue corporations that dealt with South Africa’s government before 1995, the Supreme Court said today. But the judges did not render a decision, as four of the nine recused themselves, likely due to personal stock holdings. The claims seek $400 billion from companies including Exxon, Citigroup, and GM.
The White House had urged the high court to quash the case. Said a South African lawyer, “It certainly shows that there is absolute merit in the claims that were filed against the corporations and we now look forward to this matter unfolding further.”