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US Supreme Court justices raise doubts whether Daimler case alleging complicity in human rights abuses during Argentina's military dictatorship should be in US court

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15 October 2013

Argument recap: Trying to salvage a lost cause

Author: Lyle Denniston, Scotusblog

The case of DaimlerAG v. Bauman (docket 11-965) is the latest case to reach the Justices on the authority of U.S. courts to rule on claims of human rights violations overseas against foreign nationals. The most that the lawyer arguing for those who sued the German automaker Daimler in federal court in California might get, it seemed, was that the case might be sent back to a lower court for further review. If not that, the case may just end in the Supreme Court, with very little if anything left of it.

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15 October 2013

High court justices question rights case against Daimler AG [USA]

Author: Lawrence Hurley, Reuters

A majority of Supreme Court justices raised doubts on Tuesday over whether Daimler AG can be sued in federal court for allegations that a subsidiary violated the human rights of workers at a plant in Argentina in the 1970s. During an hour-long oral argument, several justices on both sides of the court's ideological divide voiced concerns about how the…9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handled the case when it ruled in favor of human rights plaintiffs, raising the possibility of the case ultimately being sent back to that court for further review. The argument focused on complex legal questions about when federal courts have jurisdiction over certain types of cases.

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