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Civil Procedure Keyed to Subrin
Daimler AG v. Bauman
Citation:134 S. Ct. 746 (2014)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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Plaintiffs brought suit against Defendant in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs alleged that Mercedes-Benz Argentina (MBA), a Daimler’s subsidiary, collaborated with Argentinian forces to kidnap, torture, and kill MBA workers during an Argentinian war. These workers were the plaintiffs or persons closely related to the plaintiffs. Daimler was a German company. MBA’s alleged actions took part solely outside of the United States. Plaintiffs based their claims of the district court’s jurisdiction on Daimler’s subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA), which was incorporated in Delaware and had its principal place of business in New Jersey. MBUSA distributed Daimler cars to all 50 states and had various facilities and offices in California. Defendant moved to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. The lower court granted Defendant’s motion to dismiss. Plaintiff appealed. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed and later reversed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
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