Estate of Esther Klieman et al v. Palestinian Authority et al

District of Columbia, dcd-1:2004-cv-01173

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER that on or before July 11, 2014, plaintiffs shall file a supplemental brief of no more than ten pages addressing issues noted herein; on or before July 18, 2014, defendants shall file a memorandum of no more than ten pages responding to plaintiffs' supplemental brief; and counsel for the parties shall appear before the court for oral argument on the defendants' motion on July 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Signed by Judge Paul L. Friedman on June 27, 2014.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA _________________________________________) ESTATE OF ESTHER KLIEMAN, et al.,)) Plaintiffs,)) v.) Civil Action No. 04-1173 (PLF)) PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, et al.,)) Defendants.) _________________________________________) MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER This case involves an alleged terrorist attack that took place in March of 2002 in the State of Israel or in territories administered or controlled by the State of Israel. See Estate of Klieman v. Palestinian Auth., 467 F. Supp. 2d 107, 110 (D.D.C. 2006). In 2006, this Court held that it could exercise general personal jurisdiction over defendants Palestinian Authority ("PA") and Palestine Liberation Organization ("PLO"). Id. at 113; see also Memorandum Op. and Order, Dkt. No. 85 (April 24, 2008) (denying defendants' first motion for reconsideration). The defendants have moved for reconsideration of the Court's jurisdictional decisions in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014). See Defendants' Second Mot. for Reconsideration, Dkt. No. 233 (Feb. 5, 2014). Plaintiffs oppose the motion. In their papers, the parties focus on three issues: (1) whether the defendants have sufficient contacts with the United States such that the defendants are essentially "at home" in the United States, and therefore are subject to the general jurisdiction of U.S. courts; (2) whether the defendants have waived personal jurisdiction; and (3) whether specific personal jurisdiction may be exercised. After reviewing the parties' briefs and various legal authorities, the Court believes that additional briefing on the third issue – plaintiffs' theory of specific personal jurisdiction – would be helpful to the Court. Specifically, the Court requires clarification on plaintiffs' theory that this lawsuit "is related to or 'arises out of'" defendants' contacts with the United States, as required to exercise specific jurisdiction consistent with constitutional due process. See Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia, S.A. v. Hall, 466 U.S. 408, 414 (1984) (quoting Shaffer v. Heitner, 433 U.S. 186, 204 (1977)). In their supplemental brief, plaintiffs should explain whether they contend either (i) that defendants' contacts with the United States "gave rise to the episode-in- suit," see Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown, 131 S. Ct. 2846, 2853 (2011), or (ii) that the March 2002 attack was "purposefully directed" at residents of the United States. See Mwani v. bin Laden, 417 F.3d 1, 12 (D.C. Cir. 2005) (quoting Burger King Corp. v. Rudzewicz, 471 U.S. 462, 472 (1985)). If plaintiffs are asserting an alternative theory of specific jurisdiction, plaintiffs should further explain how such theory suffices under the applicable case law. In addition, plaintiffs should specify what pertinent facts they expect to find if jurisdictional discovery is permitted. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that on or before July 11, 2014, plaintiffs shall file a supplemental brief of no more than ten pages addressing these issues; it is FURTHER ORDERED that on or before July 18, 2014, defendants shall file a memorandum of no more than ten pages responding to plaintiffs' supplemental brief; and it is 2 FURTHER ORDERED that counsel for the parties shall appear before the Court for oral argument on the defendants' motion on July 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 29A. SO ORDERED. /s/________________________ PAUL L. FRIEDMAN DATE: June 27, 2014 United States District Judge 3