A man from New Jersey lost his for fingers in a workplace accident on a metal-cutting machine. The workplace was also in New Jersey, an American manufacturer, but the maker of the metal – cutting machine was a British firm. The man contended that the British work equipment maker is responsible for the accident and his loss, so he brought an action in New Jersey.The Supreme Court dismissed this action and stated that the manufacturer’s (of the metal – cutting machine) connection to New Jersey is too tenuous to allow the lawsuit to be filed there.
The legal issue in this case is jurisdiction; the power of a court to hear and decide a case.
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