Judge Dismisses Slave Reparations Case

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought by descendants of slaves against corporations they say profited from slavery, saying the plaintiffs had established no clear link to the companies they targeted.

The court still left the door open for further litigation.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Norgle said the plaintiffs' claims "are beyond the constitutional authority of this court," and the suit alleged no specific connection between the plaintiffs and the companies named as defendants.

But he dismissed the case "without prejudice," leaving the possibility of a further amended complaint. Judge Norgle sits in Chicago.

Details here from the AP.