US Court Rules for British, French Firms in Cases

June 28, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a man who lost four fingers in a workplace accident on a metal-cutting machine cannot sue the British maker of the equipment in the state of New Jersey.

The court voted 6-3 Monday that the manufacturer’s connection to New Jersey is too tenuous to allow the lawsuit to be filed there.

In a separate case, the court similarly ruled unanimously against the relatives of two teenagers who were killed in a bus accident in France. The court said the relatives could not sue a foreign tire maker in state court over alleged defects that led to the accident.

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