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Civil Procedure Keyed to Friedenthal
Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown
Citation:564 U.S. 915 (2011)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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Two boys were killed in a bus accident in France. Respondents, the boys’ parents, as administrators of their sons’ estates, brought a wrongful death action against Petitioners in North Carolina, alleging negligence in the design, construction, testing and inspection of bus tires. Petitioners manufactured tires primarily for Asian and European markets, although some of their tires were distributed in North Carolina by other affiliates. Petitioners were not registered to do business in North Carolina; had no place of business, employees, or bank accounts in North Carolina; did not design their products in North Carolina; and did not solicit business in North Carolina or sell or ship their products into North Carolina. Also, Petitioners stated, and Respondents did not dispute, that the tire involved in the accident was never distributed in North Carolina. Petitioners moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of jurisdiction. The North Carolina courts held that Petitioners were subject to the jurisdiction of the North Carolina state courts. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
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