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J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro

United States Supreme Court
131 S.Ct. 2780 (2011)

J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro

Facts

New Jersey resident Robert Nicastro (plaintiff) became seriously injured while using a metal-shearing machine manufactured by J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. (J. McIntyre) (defendant). Although the injury occurred in New Jersey, the machine was manufactured in England where J. McIntryre is incorporated. The New Jersey Supreme Court found that, even though J. McIntyre never marketed its goods in the state nor shipped them there, New Jersey courts had jurisdiction over the company because the manufacturer knew or should have reasonably known that its products were distributed through a nationwide distribution system that might lead their products being sold in any of the 50 states, including New Jersey. J. McIntyre appealed and the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.

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