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DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG v. BAUMAN

Docket No.: 11-965
Certiorari Granted: Apr 22 2013
Argued: October 15, 2013
Decided: January 14, 2014

Topics:

Alien Tort Statute, Due Process, Fourteenth Amendment, Torture Victim Protection Act, patent

PartyNames: Daimler AG v. Barbara Bauman, et al.
Petitioner: Daimler AG
Respondent: Barbara Bauman, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: 644 F.3d 909
Supreme Court Docket

Daimler AG
v.
Barbara Bauman, et al.
Question Presented:

Daimler AG is a German public stock company that does not manufacture or sell products, own property, or employ workers in the United States. The Ninth Circuit nevertheless held that Daimler AG is subject to general personal jurisdiction in California--and can therefore be sued in the State for alleged human-rights violations committed in Argentina by an Argentine subsidiary against Argentine residents--because it has a different, indirect subsidiary that distributes Daimler AG-manufactured vehicles in California. It is undisputed that Daimler AG and its U.S. subsidiary adhere to all the legal requirements necessary to maintain their separate corporate identities. The question presented is whether it violates due process for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based solely on the fact that an indirect corporate subsidiary performs services on behalf of the defendant in the forum State.

DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG v. BAUMAN
ORAL ARGUMENT

October 15, 2013

Listen to Oral Argument in DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG v. BAUMAN
Holding: REVERSED
Vote: 9-0
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