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Civil Procedure Keyed to Marcus
Semtek International, Inc. v. Lockheed Martin Corp.
Citation:531 U.S. 497 (2001)
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Semter sued Lockheed Martin in California state court, alleging breach of contract and business tort claims. Lockheed removed the case to California federal district court, where Semter’s claims were dismissed “on the merits and with prejudice.” Dismissal was based on the two year state statute of limitations. The Court of Appeals affirmed. Semter also sued Lockheed Martin in state court in Maryland, on the same causes of action, which were not time-barred because Maryland had a three year statute of limitations. Lockheed sought injunctive relief against the Maryland action from the California federal court, and also removed the action to federal court in Maryland. The California Court denied relief and the Maryland court (2) remanded the case to state court, which granted Lockheed’s motion to dismiss on the ground of res judicata. Semter appealed the dismissal order; the state appellate court affirmed. The Supreme Court granted certiorariafter the Maryland Court of Appeals declined review.
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