DTCI: IPLA’s domestic distributor rule: What is a principal distributor?

In a case involving an allegedly defective product manufactured outside the United States, the manufacturer may quickly file a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Alternatively, it may be impossible to secure service upon an overseas manufacturer of a product. In either situation, an attorney who happens to represent a U.S. distributor of the product may be wondering if the U.S. client will be left holding the bag for a manufacturing defect (i.e., strict liability) if the manufacturer is dismissed.

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IndyBar: Case to Watch: State of Indiana v. Google LLC

Recently, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint on behalf of the state of Indiana against Google LLC. State of Indiana v. Google LLC is pending in Marion Superior Court 4 under Cause No. 49D04-2201-PL-002399. In the complaint, the state alleges that Google harvests consumers’ personal data, including location data, when consumers use Google products. Google in turn allegedly uses this data to target advertisements to consumers and evaluate the effectiveness of these advertisements.

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