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Civil Procedure Keyed to Marcus
World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson
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The Respondents purchased a new Audi from Seaway Volkswagen in Massena, New York, in 1976. They moved from New York, where they had resided at the time of purchasing their automobile, to Arizona. As they traveled through Oklahoma, another vehicle struck the Respondents’ car in the rear, causing a fire, which severely burned Kay Robinson and her two children. The Respondents subsequently brought a product liability action in the District Court for Creek County, Oklahoma against Audi, World-Wide Volkswagen and Seaway (Petitioners). World-Wide is incorporated in New York and has its principal office there. Seaway is a retail distributor for World-Wide, which is incorporated in New York, and has its principal office there. Neither World-Wide nor Seaway sold any vehicles in Oklahoma.
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