Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Supreme Court Holds No General Jurisdiction Over Daimler

The Supreme Court has issued Daimler AG v. Bauman.

Justice Ginsburg wrote the opinion for 8 justices.  Justice Sotomayor concurred.

The Court held that Daimler, a foreign corporation, is not amenable to general jurisdiction in California for injuries allegedly caused by conduct that took place entirely outside the United States.



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This is a stunning holding with immense potential application in ordinary cases as the concurring opinion explains. It is an object lesson in the U.S. Supreme Court not following the ordinary appellate process and of dramatically overhauling the law of general jurisdiction in an obscure case with odd facts even though neither party asked for this outcome.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Jan 15, 2014 2:32:17 PM

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