DaimlerChrysler Ruling Lends Certainty To Jurisdiction Feuds
By Erin Coe
Law360, San Diego (January 14, 2014, 10:10 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court’s Tuesday holding that DaimlerChrysler Corp. couldn’t be targeted in California over an Argentine subsidiary’s alleged union-busting activities and human rights violations imposes a stricter general jurisdiction test that should give companies greater certainty over the forums where they can expect to be sued, lawyers say.
DaimlerChrysler was sued by 22 Argentines in California federal court in 2004, who claimed its Argentine subsidiary collaborated with that country's government during its union-breaking "Dirty War" from 1976 to 1983. Although the district court dismissed the...