The United States Law Week

Daimler Must Face Suit in Kansas Over Truck-Crash Fatalities

Jan. 13, 2020, 8:32 PM

Daimler AG’s North American truck unit registered to do business in Kansas and is therefore subject to suit there for all purposes, including product liability claims by families of several people allegedly killed in a tractor-trailer collision, a federal court in the state ruled.

Courts in Kansas can exercise general jurisdiction over the affiliate, Daimler Trucks North America LLC, but not jurisdiction linked to this specific case, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas said Jan. 10.

Federal courts are split on the constitutionality of “consent by registration” statutes.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth...

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