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Kyler Stevens Wins Personal Jurisdiction Motion

Kyler Stevens Wins Personal Jurisdiction Motion

Kurowski Shultz Attorneys At Law


Senior Associate, Kyler H. Stevens, Wins Personal Jurisdiction Motion for Four Clients in the Southern District of Illinois in Asbestos Case

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Clark v. Lockheed Martin Corporation, et al., No. 15-CV-995, 2016 WL 67265

Kurowski Shultz Senior Associate, Kyler H. Stevens, recently obtained dismissal on behalf of multiple clients from an asbestos products liability suit in the Southern District of Illinois. Plaintiff’ claimed exposure to asbestos from multiple Defendants’ product while serving in the U.S. Air Force and during his employment in the aviation industry.

In its order, the Court found Plaintiffs’ claims lacked any connection to Illinois. The Court cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Daimler AG v. Bauman, stating “A district court sitting in Illinois must inquire whether the "defendant has certain minimum contact with [the State] such that the maintenance of the suit does not offend `traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.'" Daimler AG, 134 S.Ct. 746 (2014). The Court found it lacked general jurisdiction over Plaintiffs’ claims as the defendants state of incorporation and principal places of business were outside of Illinois. The Court further ruled that the defendants affiliations with Illinois were “not "so continuous and systematic" as to render Defendants at home in Illinois.”

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