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Gantes v. Kason Corporation

145 N.J. 478, 679 A.2d 106 (1996)

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Gantes v. Kason Corporation

New Jersey Supreme Court

145 N.J. 478, 679 A.2d 106 (1996)

Facts

Graciela Gonzalez was killed while working in a Georgia chicken-processing plant when she was struck by a moving part of a machine. The machine had been manufactured in New Jersey by Kason Corporation (defendant), a New Jersey corporation, 13 years before the accident. Samuel Gantes, as representative of Gonzalez’s estate (plaintiff), commenced a product-liability action against Kason in New Jersey state court. The action was filed within New Jersey’s two-year statute of limitations. However, the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Kason, holding that the action was barred by Georgia’s statute of repose, which barred product-liability actions against manufacturers commenced more than 10 years after the manufacturer sold the product. The appellate division affirmed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Handler, J.)

Dissent (Garibaldi, J.)

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