Say you get hurt by a defective product. You find out that the product was made by a foreign company when you research it. You wanted to sue them for injuring you, but can you since they aren't a U.S. company?
Do you give up on pursuing a lawsuit in this instance? The answer is no, for several reasons. In next week's post, I'll discuss something you may not yet have considered. I'll discuss why you may have a claim against the seller of the defective product, which in most cases will be a U.S. company. But today I'll address the obvious concern:
Can I sue that non-U.S. manufacturer?
Your question concerns a primary issue that every first year law student has to address about due process and "personal jurisdiction." Can your U.S. or state court take jurisdiction over a lawsuit involving that non-U.S. company? It may surprise you to know that the answer in many cases, is:
In some cases, this turns out to be a very complicated and involved legal issue. You should talk to an attorney about it before giving up on the thought of bringing your lawsuit against a foreign company. V&B's Texas defective product attorneys have had these conversations, and many times, a person is able to sue the foreign manufacturer.
I have spent the last week in Munich, Germany taking depositions of witnesses in a case involving a defective product manufactured by a German company. Our client is suing that German company. The product is a defective flare that ultimately set a fire to cause our client third degree burns on his face, torso and arms.
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