Daimler could face US lawsuit over Argentinean murders image

The US Supreme Court is to hold hearings in a case that says the German automaker (back then DaimlerChrysler Ag) was collaborating to have left-wing sympathizers tortured or killed during Argentina’s Dirty War.

Mercedes-Benz in Argentina, then a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz AG, allegedly let know the Argentinean government of its manufacturing facility-workers that were “subversive” in the 70s and 80s; when a military dictatorship in Argentina kidnapped, tortured, and murdered almost 30,000 “subversives,” many of them labor union members and organizers.

A group of 22 survivors and heirs, which are all Argentinean citizens or residents, has filed a lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler AG in California in 2005 under the Alien Tort Statute, which allows for people to bring foreign companies on human rights violations cases in U.S. courts. They said the company had knowledge of how the Argentinean government would kidnap, torture, and murder these workers, in order to silence unionists.

Their case still needs a connection of some sort to the U.S. in order for the lawsuit in California to survive. Back then in 2005, Daimler Benz AG, a German corporation, had merged with the US automaker Chrysler, becoming DaimlerChrysler AG. So, a California court initially ruled DCAG maintained “dual operational headquarters” in both Germany and Detroit, Michigan, while the company also fully owns its American subsidiary, Mercedes Benz USA, which does business often in California. According to the court’s opinion, the needed connection with the US was established, allowing the case to move forward.

Via Business Insider