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January 15, 2014

Supreme Court Rules on International Claims & Class Actions

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed in California court against German automaker Daimler AG for alleged human rights violations in Argentina in the 1970s, unanimously ruling that American courts lack jurisdiction over the case. The decision reinforces earlier rulings by the high court that limit liability in American courts for actions that occur overseas, the Wall Street Journal writes.

Also on Tuesday, the Court ruled that a lawsuit from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood against makers of LCD panels is not a class action and therefore not subject to the provisions of the Class Action Fairness Act. The court ruled the only plaintiff in the case is the state of Mississippi, thereby allowing the AG’s suit to stay in state court rather than be removed to federal court. The American Lawyer reports that the decision could encourage plaintiffs’ attorneys and AGs to bring more of these cases.

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