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Ninth Circuit Limits Personal Jurisdiction over Foreign Parent Corporation and Requires Product Defect to Result in Safety Hazard

On March 29, 2017 by Schnader

Last week in Williams v. Yamaha (No. 15-55924), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s two separate rulings in favor of defendants: dismissal of Japanese corporation, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (“YMC”), for lack of personal jurisdiction and dismissal of plaintiffs’ consumer fraud claims against Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (“YMUS”) under FRCP 12(b)(6).

The Ninth Circuit found that no general or specific jurisdiction could be extended to YMC and that appellants had failed to adequately plead against YMUS that the alleged defect produced an unreasonable safety hazard.

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