Conflicts Keyed to Currie
Pfau v. Trent Aluminum Co.
Pfau (Plaintiff) and Trent (Defendant) were schoolmates at college in Iowa. Defendant was a citizen of New Jersey and Plaintiff a citizen of Connecticut. While driving a vehicle belonging to his father’s company, Trent Aluminum Co. (Defendant), Trent (Defendant) was involved in an automobile accident in Iowa. Plaintiff was a passenger in the vehicle. Trent Aluminum (Defendant) argued that Iowa’s guest statute applied, and raised this defense. Plaintiff successfully moved to strike the defense with the court ruling Connecticut law to be applicable, which contained no guest statute. The court of appeals reversed holding Connecticut’s choice-of-law rule also to apply. Since Connecticut applied the lex loci rule, the court held Iowa law applicable.
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