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Court of Appeals Splits on Whether New York Court Has Long-Arm Jurisdiction Over Ohio Firearm Merchant
Majority Holds That Defendant Lacked Minimum Contacts with State
In Williams v. Beemiller,
Inc., 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 03656 (May 9, 2019), the Court of Appeals was
asked whether a New York court could exercise personal jurisdiction over an
Ohio seller of firearms, who sold a gun in Ohio that was transported to New
York and used in a shooting there. A deeply divided Court held that it could
not. Apart from the holding itself, the decision is a useful primer in
analyzing long-arm jurisdiction issues.
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