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Mo. Lacks Personal Jurisdiction Over Railroad in Personal Injury Action, State High Court Rules

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri courts have no specific or general personal jurisdiction over a railroad company in a personal injury action filed by an Indiana resident because the injury did not occur in Missouri and the action did not arise out of, and does not relate to, the company’s activities in Missouri, the state high court has ruled.

In a Feb. 28 opinion, the Missouri Supreme Court explained that while the railroad does own and operate on railroad tracks in Missouri, the personal injury action did not arise out of, and does not relate to, the company’s activities in ...

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