High Court Leaves Liability Jurisdiction Foggy For Foreign Cos.

Law360, New York (October 9, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT) -- In refusing Tuesday to take up a case over foreign manufacturers' exposure to lawsuits in the U.S. over allegedly defective products, the U.S. Supreme Court doomed distributors to years, if not decades, of confusion over whether they share liability for such claims, experts say.

The high court denied a petition for certiorari from Canadian watercraft maker Bombardier Inc., which had sought to hold a Canadian unit of Dow Chemical Co. accountable for an explosion allegedly caused by a faulty fuel tank it had manufactured.

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