Old Republic – Personal Jurisdiction Trending Defendant Friendly

Aviation & DronesIn a recent decision regarding the scope of personal jurisdiction, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals extended the recent trend of limiting the reach of personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants. Old Republic Insurance Co. v. Continental Motors, Case No. 16-1408, (10th Cir. Dec. 15, 2017).

In Old Republic, plaintiff insurance company sued after one of its insured aircraft crashed in Colorado.  Plaintiff alleged that the crash was the result of a negligent or otherwise faulty repair of the aircraft’s engine.  Plaintiff further alleged that the maintenance company that repaired the engine followed the guidance provided by the engine manufacturer, Alabama-based Continental Motors.

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