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Civil Procedure Keyed to Rowe
Piper Aircraft Co. v. Reyno
Citation:454 U.S. 235 (1981)
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An airplane carrying five Scottish passengers crashed in Scotland, and all five passengers died. The airplane was operated by a Scottish service company and flown by a Scottish pilot, and all five passengers were Scottish. The airplane was owned by a British company and manufactured in the United States. Reyno, the representative of the passengers’ estates, sued the airplane’s manufacturer in a California court, choosing this venue because U.S. laws were more favorable to her legal position. The defendants moved to transfer the case to a Pennsylvania court, and then moved to dismiss the case based on forum non conveniens.
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