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New York Court Grants Motion to Dismiss Asbestos Defendant for Lack of General, Specific Jurisdiction

NEW YORK –– A New York trial court has granted an asbestos defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of both general and specific personal jurisdiction, concluding that the company, which is no longer registered to do business in the state, could not have reasonably foreseen that the plaintiff would use its product in Missouri and subsequently travel to New York.

In the March 6 order, the New York Supreme Court for New York County found that American Biltrite’s contacts with New York were not sufficient enough for it to invoke the state’s long-arm statute, concluding that “there is no evidence ...

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