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GM Dodges Non-Connecticut Plaintiffs’ Claims in Acadia Suit

April 7, 2020, 3:07 PM

Non-resident plaintiffs can’t sue General Motors LLC in Connecticut over an alleged shifter defect that they say made them unable to turn off their Acadia vehicles, because they didn’t link their claims to the company’s in-state conduct, a federal court in Connecticut said.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut said it lacked specific personal jurisdiction over claims by Texas, Tennessee, and Ohio residents. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, which requires a nexus between a plaintiff’s claim and the defendant’s conduct in the state where a suit is filed, applies to federal court cases, the court...

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