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Semtek Intl. Inc. v. Lockheed Martin Corp.

United States Supreme Court
531 U.S. 497 (2001)

Semtek Intl. Inc. v. Lockheed Martin Corp.


Semtek Intl. Inc. (Semtek) (plaintiff) sued Lockheed Martin Corp. (Lockheed) (defendant) in California state court for various breach of contract and business tort claims. The case was removed on the basis of diversity citizenship to federal court, and Lockheed moved for dismissal on the basis that Semtek’s claims were barred by California’s two-year statute of limitations. When the court dismissed the claim on its merits, Semtek refiled the suit in the state circuit court for Baltimore, Maryland, under which the claim would have been subject to a three-year statute of limitations. The court dismissed the claim, however, on the ground that dismissal of the case on its merits in federal court precluded the claim from being raised in state court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Scalia, J.)

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