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Conflict of Laws Keyed to Brilmayer
Ledesma v. Jack Stewart Produce, Inc.
Citation:816 F.2d 482 (9th Cir. 1987)
Plaintiffs, Alfonso Ledesma, Josephine Rodriguez, Rafaela Gaytan, and Jennifer Santiago, were all California residents who were injured in Arizona when their van was struck by a tractor driven by Defendant, John Wayne Mize, an Arkansas resident. The tractor was owned by co-Defendants Jack Stewart Produce, Inc. (JS Produce), an Oklahoma corporation with its principal place of business in Oklahoma, and Jack Stewart, an Oklahoma resident.
On April 7, 1983, Plaintiffs filed a diversity action against Defendants in the Eastern District of California, seeking damages for injuries arising out of the May 13, 1981 accident. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the California one-year statute of limitations applied. The district court dismissed the Plaintiffs’ personal injury claim, finding that the statute of limitations had run. Plaintiffs appealed, and argued that the district court should not have applied California’s one-year statute of limitations to their claim.
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