ADTA member Evelyn-Fletcher Davis, Hawkins Parnell Young, LLP in Atlanta reported this monumental change in specific jurisdiction. Late last month the Supreme Court, in a 8-0 decision issued a decision in Ford Motor Company v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, Case Nos. 19-368, 19-369, 592 U.S. ____ (2021), 2021 U.S. LEXIS 1610 (Mar. 25, 2021), ruling that defendant Ford Motor Company (“Ford”) was subject to personal jurisdiction in Montana and Minnesota in two separate cases involving alleged defects with Ford vehicles where the accidents were alleged to occur within the subject forum states but where the vehicles were shown to have been sold outside the state.
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Chances are if you are reading this article, you may have made similar arguments and might be concerned. This case will undoubtably make waves in the personal jurisdiction world, especially in plaintiff friendly jurisdictions where Plaintiffs and their attorneys are chomping at the bit to venue their cases.