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Civil Procedure Keyed to Hazard
Piper Aircraft Co. v. Reyno
Citation:454 U.S. 235, 102 S.Ct. 252, 70 L.Ed.2d 419 (1981)
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Scottish residents died in an aircraft crash in Scotland. The decedents of the victims brought a wrongful death suit through their attorney’s secretary and administer of the decedents’ estates, Gaynell Reyno (Respondent), in California. Respondent sued the U.S. aircraft and propeller manufacturers, Piper and Hartzell (Petitioners). Petitioners moved to dismiss the case on grounds of forum non conveniens and litigate the case in Scotland instead. Respondent argued dismissal would be unfair because Scottish law did not recognize strict liability or wrongful death suits brought by nonrelatives.
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