Daimler must face a U.S. lawsuit regarding Argentina abuse case

Article by Christian A., on May 19, 2011

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that Daimler AG must face litigation over an allegation that its Argentine Mercedes-Benz unit collaborated with state security forces to torture and kill workers it viewed as union agitators during the so-called Dirty War 35 years ago.

Some of the plaintiffs of the case are Mercedes-Benz Argentina’s former employees who were allegedly tortured, kidnapped, detained.

Some of them are also relatives of workers who disappeared and are thought to have been murdered during the Dirty War, which started when the military overthrew the reign of President Isabel Peron in 1976.

The case, which was filed in 2004 in California, has been previously dismissed by a federal district court ruling that it had no jurisdiction because the U.S. unit of the German-based company, then known as DaimlerChrysler AG, did not have sufficient contacts within the state.

A three-judge appeals court panel in San Francisco ruled on Wednesday that the parent company could be sued in California for the reason that the U.S. unit of Mercedes-Benz was the German company's agent.

At that time that the lawsuit was filed, Mercedes-Benz sales in California accounted for 2.4 percent of DaimlerChrysler's total global sales, according to the court. The case was brought back to a federal judge in San Jose, California.

The court did not rule on the merits of the case. The company plans to appeal the ruling, Daimler spokesperson Han Tjan stated. He added that there has been no ruling or judgment made on the underlying allegations, which the company denies.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

The wait for the Mustang’s GT-based Super Snake concept to be released is finally over. Shelby had recently collaborated with Ford Performance and Borla to come up with something that...
by - May 23, 2017
While the BMW M3 is making some noise in Abu Dhabi with its San Marino Blue outfit, Porsche on the other hand, is catching people’s attention in Dubai as the...
by - May 23, 2017
We first heard of the fifth generation SEAT Ibiza earlier this year, and last week, the company finally revealed the all-new Ibiza at the international launch in Barcelona. The new...
by - May 22, 2017
The aftermath of the Takata airbag recall still largely resounds in the automotive industry, as big automotive companies like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota were extensively hit with what is...
by - May 22, 2017
Amid reports that major rival Volkswagen would cease producing 2016 and 2017 model year diesel cars following the wake of the "Dieselgate" scandal, it’s believed that Chevrolet sees its opportunity...
by - May 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries