Mich. Insurer Off Hook In La. Chinese Drywall MDL

Law360, New York (July 18, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Monday dismissed claims against a Michigan insurance company in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Chinese drywall, ruling the court had no personal jurisdiction because the company did no business in Louisiana.

Auto-Owners Insurance Co., one of several insurance companies sued by a class of Louisiana homeowners, argued that the court had no personal jurisdiction over it and moved to dismiss the claims in March.

Auto-Owners and its subsidiaries, Owners Insurance Co. and Southern-Owners Insurance Co., are not licensed to write insurance...
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