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Daimler Must Disclose Names in Diesel Suit Despite EU Data Law

Jan. 31, 2020, 6:04 PM

Daimler AG and its subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have to hand over organizational charts and other materials to lawyers for consumers suing over alleged diesel-emissions misrepresentations, even if the companies face repercussions in the European Union, a federal court in New Jersey ruled.

The EU’s interest in protecting its citizens’ privacy doesn’t outweigh the U.S.'s interest in the integrity of its evidence system, particularly with a confidentiality order in place, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey said Thursday in several consolidated proposed class actions.

Daimler can’t redact the names and job titles of current and former employees...

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