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The Supreme Court's Personal Jurisdiction Reckoning

Law360 (February 16, 2011, 1:02 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument recently in two products liability cases that may radically change the personal jurisdiction rules governing where a defendant can be sued.

Procedural and Legal Background

The cases are from North Carolina and New Jersey. In the North Carolina case, Goodyear Dunlop Tire Operations SA v. Brown (case number 10-76), Goodyear and its foreign affiliates were sued in North Carolina for an accident that occurred in France because the plaintiffs are residents of North Carolina.

The plaintiffs are parents of...
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