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COSTCO WHOLESALE: Ninth Circuit Appeal Filed in “Sud” Labor Suit

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Plaintiffs Monica Sud and Cecilia Jacobo filed an appeal from a court ruling in their lawsuit titled Monica Sud, et al. v. COSTCO, et al., Case No. 4:15-cv-03783-JSW, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland.

As previously reported in the Class Action Reporter, the District Court, on January 24, 2017, dismissed with prejudice the class action, which alleges that Costco sold prawns harvested with slave labor, despite the Company’s policy banning human rights abuses in
its supply chain.

Lead plaintiff Monica Sud sued Costco in August 2015, claiming the retail giant buys farmed prawns from Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia knowing they are produced with slave labor on unregistered “ghost ships.”

The appellate case is captioned as Monica Sud, et al. v. COSTCO, et al., Case No. 17-15307, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The briefing schedule in the Appellate Case is set as follows:

— Appellants Cecilia Jacobo and Monica Sud’s opening brief is due on June 1, 2017;

— Appellee Costco Wholesale Corporation’s answering brief is due on July 3, 2017; and

— Appellant’s optional reply brief is due 14 days after service of the answering brief.

Plaintiffs-Appellants MONICA SUD, individually, and on behalf of
all others similarly situated, and CECILIA JACOBO, individually,
and on behalf of all others similarly situated, are represented
by:

Niall McCarthy, Esq.
Anne Marie Murphy, Esq.
COTCHETT, PITRE & MCCARTHY, LLP
840 Malcolm Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Derek G. Howard, Esq.
DEREK G. HOWARD LAW FIRM, INC.
42 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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Daniel Joseph Mulligan, Esq.
JENKINS MULLIGAN & GABRIEL LLP
10085 Carroll Canyon Rd., Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92131

Defendant-Appellee COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION, a Washington
Corporation, is represented by:

Robert A. Mittelstaedt, Esq.
Caroline Nason Mitchell, Esq.
Craig Stewart, Esq.
David Louis Wallach, Esq.
JONES DAY
555 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
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