Veil-Piercing Defense Lessons From Kumho Tire Case

Law360 (October 28, 2020, 5:10 PM EDT) -- When most litigators hear the name "Kumho Tire," they think of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision on the admissibility of expert testimony.[1] But a more recent Kumho Tire case has new lessons for litigators — not on expert testimony, but on the all-too-common practice of plaintiffs asserting veil-piercing or alter ego allegations to obtain personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporate parent.

In Jahner v. Kumho Tire USA Inc., a wrongful death products liability action, the plaintiffs sought personal jurisdiction in federal court in South Dakota over the South Korean parent company of U.S. subsidiary Kumho Tire USA. Though the parent...

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