Nissan Escapes Price-Fixing Class Action

Law360, New York (May 24, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT) -- A Wisconsin appeals court has affirmed a state judge's dismissal of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. from a price-fixing class action implicating several major automakers, agreeing that Wisconsin courts don't have personal jurisdiction over Nissan.

Under Wisconsin law, a foreign company is not subject to personal jurisdiction for actions committed by a subsidiary, and lead plaintiff David Rasmussen failed to demonstrate the special circumstances needed to invoke other statutes, a three-judge panel on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Rasmussen argued that Wisconsin law assigns personal...
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