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Supreme Court clarifies jurisdiction (access required)

Justices decide NC not the place for suit against foreign tire maker

In a ruling sure to reverberate far beyond North Carolina’s borders, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 27 that parents of two 13-year-old boys killed in a 2004 bus crash outside Paris cannot subject the foreign makers of a tire that failed to a wrongful death lawsuit brought in Onslow County Superior Court. The high court rejected what it called a “sprawling view of general jurisdiction… embraced by the North Carolina Court of Appeals,” which in 2009 upheld Onslow Superior Court Judge Gary E. Trawick’s denial of motions to dismiss brought by Goodyear Luxembourg Tires, SA, Goodyear Lastikleri T.A.S. and Goodyear Dunlop Tires France, SA.

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