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Alexander v. General Motors Corporation

267 Ga. 339 (1996)

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Alexander v. General Motors Corporation

Georgia Supreme Court

267 Ga. 339 (1996)

Facts

Phillip Alexander (plaintiff) purchased a new car from General Motors Corporation (GM) (defendant) in Georgia. While Alexander was driving in Virginia, the car failed in a collision, and he was ejected from the vehicle. Alexander sued GM in Georgia under a strict-liability theory. The trial court granted partial summary judgment to GM, ruling that the law of Virginia applied because it was the location where injury occurred. Because Virginia law did not provide for strict liability, the court dismissed those claims, but it granted leave to amend to state a claim for negligence under Virginia law. The court of appeals affirmed, concluding that the public-policy exception to the rule of lex loci delicti did not apply. Alexander appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Benham, C.J.)

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