Tainted Formula Suits Must Remain In China: 4th Circ.

Law360, New York (September 6, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's dismissal of product liability suits against Synutra International Inc. brought by Chinese parents whose infants were harmed by formula contaminated with melamine, saying the plaintiffs can't sue the company's American parent in the U.S.

A three-judge panel found that U.S. District Judge Deborah J. Chasanow's forum non conveniens dismissal in March 2010 was appropriate. The panel found that Synutra, which makes infant formula in China but is owned by a Maryland-based holding company, had satisfactorily shown the...
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