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Venuti v. Cont’l Motors Inc., 2018 UT App 4 (Jan. 5, 2018).

Jan 5, 2018

The Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s determination that it had personal jurisdiction over the nonresident defendant, a manufacturer of a helicopter motor, in this lawsuit arising from a deadly crash.  After a thorough analysis of the “stream of commerce” theory of specific jurisdiction applicable in product defect cases, the Court held that the nonresident manufacturer’s general business activities in Utah, which were unrelated to the subject of the lawsuit, were insufficient to establish specific personal jurisdiction.