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DaimlerChrysler Wins on Human Rights Appeal

Author: Kate Moser, Recorder [USA], Published on: 1 September 2009

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court decision in favor of DaimlerChrysler AG in a lawsuit that alleged a subsidiary of the corporation committed human rights violations in 1970s and '80s Argentina…Northern District of California Judge Ronald Whyte was right to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction over Germany-based DaimlerChrysler AG, Judge Dorothy Nelson wrote in the opinion, also noting that the appellants could file claims in Germany and Argentina…In 2004, 23 Argentinian residents and citizens sued DaimlerChrysler under the Alien Tort Claims Act, alleging that security forces of the military regime had kidnapped, detained or tortured them…at the direction of another DaimlerChrysler AG subsidiary, Mercedes Benz Argentina.

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