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Ruiz v. Blentech Corporation

89 F.3d 320 (1996)

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Ruiz v. Blentech Corporation

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

89 F.3d 320 (1996)

Facts

Felipe Ruiz (plaintiff), an Illinois citizen, was severely injured in Illinois by an allegedly defective product that was manufactured in California by a California company that was dissolved and purchased by another California company. Ruiz filed an action in an Illinois state court that was removed to a federal district court in Illinois. Ruiz sought to hold the successor California company liable. Illinois and California law differed regarding whether a product-line exception existed to the general rule that a corporate successor does not assume the tort liabilities of its predecessor. The district court applied Illinois law, which did not recognize such an exception and resulted in summary judgment against Ruiz. Ruiz appealed and argued that the district court incorrectly resolved the conflict between the Illinois and California laws on this issue.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cudahy, J.)

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