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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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A worker named Robert Nicastro (P) was working with a metal-shearing machine manufactured by J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. (D) when he injured his hand. The manufacturer is incorporated in England, and operates from there. The machine was also manufactured in England. The injury occurred in New Jersey. Nicastro (P) sued the company in New Jersey. J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. (D) was held by the New Jersey Supreme Court to be under its jurisdiction for the following reasons: its machines were sold in New Jersey, its representatives were present in their official capacity at a scrap recycling convention held for advertising purposes in New Jersey, four of the company’s machines were in New Jersey, and the company was responsible for guiding the local dealer’s sales and advertising efforts.
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