Goodyear Luxembourg Tires, SA v. Brown
- Case Date: 11/9/2010
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On June 27, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a North Carolina appeals court decision that threatened to allow plaintiffs’ lawyers to use U.S. courts as a platform for asserting claims against foreign companies in cases that bore no relation to the United States. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief in the case arguing that the mere introduction of goods into the stream of commerce, standing alone, could not support the State of North Carolina’s assertion of general jurisdiction over corporate defendants. As detailed in WLF’s brief, the lawsuit centered on an allegedly defective tire manufactured in Turkey and involved in an auto accident in France. None of the events giving rise to the accident occurred in the United States, and none of the defendants–three tire manufacturers operating in Luxembourg, Turkey, and France–are citizens or residents of the United States.
More Information and Downloads:
11/19/2010: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: High Court Rejects Expansion of Jurisdiction Over Foreign Companies