World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson
Supreme Court of Oklahoma
585 P.2d 351 (Okla. 1978)
In September 1977, Kay Robinson (plaintiff) was driving her Audi through Oklahoma when she was rear-ended. On impact, the Audi’s gas tank ruptured and fire broke out in the car’s interior, injuring Robinson and her two children. Robinson, her husband, and her children (plaintiffs) filed products liability actions against the car’s manufacturer, importer, distributer, and retail dealer (defendants) in Oklahoma state court. The distributer, World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. (World-Wide), distributes Audi in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. The dealer, Seaway Volkswagen, Inc. (Seaway), is also located in the northeast. World-Wide and Seaway (petitioners) petitioned the Supreme Court of Oklahoma for a writ of prohibition that would block the trial court judge from exercising personal jurisdiction over the defendants, alleging that Oklahoma state courts did not have personal jurisdiction.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Barnes, J.)