The Real Impact Of Daimler V. Bauman

Law360, New York (January 5, 2015, 1:27 PM EST) -- Last January, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its game-changing decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), which held that a corporation is only subject to general jurisdiction where it is essentially “at home.” Outside of exceptional circumstances, this means its place of incorporation and/or its principal place of business.

In Bauman, citizens and residents of Argentina brought suit against Daimler Chrysler in the Northern District of California alleging that Mercedes Benz Argentina collaborated with Argentinian state security forces to torture and kill plaintiffs and their relatives during Argentina’s dirty war in the 1970s. Plaintiffs asserted claims under...

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