Will a German Company Be Liable in U.S. Court for Events in Argentina?

By Julie Inglese

Argentinian plaintiffs have sued a German corporation based on events that allegedly occurred in Argentina more than 30 years ago. In the 1970s and 1980s, thousands were killed, kidnapped, or "disappeared," including trade unionists, journalists, and intellectuals in Argentina in what has become known as the dirty war. The plaintiffs say, "the kidnapping, detention and torture of these plaintiffs were carried out by state security forces acting under the direction of and with material assistance" from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Gonzalez-Catan, near Buenos Aires. The Ninth Circuit allowed this case to be tried in California, but some Supreme Court Justices seem skeptical that the case belongs in the United States. 

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