Case Study: J. McIntyre Machinery Ltd. v. Nicastro


On Jan. 11, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument on a product liability case that could either reinforce that court’s holdings about whether a foreign corporation may be sued in the United States in state courts, or one that could radically change the picture due to increased globalization of commerce. The key question the court is considering is whether a new contemporary international economy allows a state to exercise specific, personal jurisdiction over a foreign manufacturer solely because the manufacturer targets the national market as a whole and a consumer buys the product in that state.

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