Former Lead Producer Dismissed in Mesothelioma Case by California Superior Court
January 20, 2023 (Oakland, CA) – Hawkins Parnell & Young won a motion to quash for lack of personal jurisdiction for a former lead production company in a products and premises liability case in the Superior Court of California in the County of Alameda. Michael Giaquinto and Ed Ulloa of the Los Angeles office secured the dismissal after showing that the plaintiffs had no affiliation or connection with California and the specific claims against the company.
Plaintiffs filed suit against Hawkins Parnell's client, alleging various claims, including premises and strict products liability. After Michael and Ed identified deficiencies in the plaintiffs' complaint, they implemented a strategy based on personal jurisdiction lacking a specific "nexus" of activities related to the client and California. While the lead production company had facilities in California, it was incorporated and had its principal place of business outside the state. Plaintiffs only identified working at lead facilities outside of the state. As such, the court granted the motion and dismissed Hawkins Parnell's client.