Michael Hamlin Obtains Dismissal for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

PS Partner:  Michael Hamlin

Facts:

Principal Michael Hamlin obtained an order granting a Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction.  Plaintiff claimed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of striking his head multiple times while a passenger in a vehicle driven by Pitzer Snodgrass’ client.  The accident occurred in the Congo and PS’ client was a resident of Maryland.  Mr. Hamlin challenged the court’s ability to exercise personal jurisdiction over the defendant.  Plaintiff argued that the defendant had systematic, continuous, and substantial contacts with Missouri, such that personal jurisdiction should be asserted.  Following oral argument, the court granted defendant’s motion and dismissed Mr. PS’ client.

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