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Daimler Gets Supreme Court Hearing on Human-Rights Suit

Author: Greg Stohr, Bloomberg, Published on: 22 April 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider giving companies new protection from human-rights suits, agreeing to hear a Daimler AG appeal stemming from allegations that a company unit collaborated in torture and killings in Argentina. The German automaker is being sued under the Alien Tort Statute, a law the Supreme Court scaled back last week in a victory for corporations. The Daimler appeal doesn’t directly concern that law, instead contending that the company lacks sufficient ties to California to give courts there the authority to hear the case...Daimler’s Argentine Mercedes-Benz unit is accused of collaborating with state security forces during the so-called Dirty War from 1976 to 1983…The company denies the allegations.

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