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Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown

United States Supreme Court
131 S.Ct. 2846 (2011)


Two 13-year-old boys, Julian Brown and Matthew Helms, from North Carolina were killed when the bus they were riding on overturned outside Paris, France. The boys’ parents filed a wrongful-death suit in state court against Goodyear U.S.A., an Ohio corporation, and three of its subsidiaries organized and operating exclusively in Turkey, France, and Luxembourg (collectively the subsidiaries). The parents alleged that a defective tire manufactured in Goodyear’s Turkey plant was the cause of the accident. While Goodyear U.S.A. regularly conducted business in North Carolina and agreed to submit to the court’s jurisdiction, its subsidiaries did not. Thereafter, the subsidiaries argued that the state court lacked jurisdiction over them and filed a motion in the trial court to dismiss the claims. The trial court denied the motion and the subsidiaries appealed. The North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Ginsburg, J.)

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