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Civil Procedure Keyed to Babcock
World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson
Citation:444 U.S. 286 (1980)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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The Robinson family bought an Audi in New York, and while driving to Arizona to relocate there, got rear ended by another driver in Oklahoma. The car caught on fire injuring Mrs. Robinson and their children. The Robinsons sue the dealer and distributor, Seaway and World-wide Volkswagen in Oklahoma state court. Seaway and World-Wide Volkswagen contest the court’s jurisdiction over them, but the trial court disagrees with them and allows the case to proceed. Seaway and World-Wide Volkswagen, Plaintiffs, appealed the decision to the Oklahoma Supreme Court against Defendant Woodson, the judge that allowed the case to proceed.
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