IN RE BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 11, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

A. Scott Ross, Nashville, Tennessee, Gregory G. Garre, and Katherine I. Twomey, Washington, DC, for the appellee, Bridgestone/Firestone.

Attorneys 2:

Stephen A. Marcum, Huntsville, Tennessee, Gregory G. Garre, and Katherine I.Twomey, Washington, DC, for the appellee, Ford Motor Co.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

Appellants appeal the dismissal of their products liability cases. The trial court concluded that the doctrine of collateral estoppel applied to a prior forum non conveniens dismissal. The trial court reasoned that, at the time of the prior forum non conveniens dismissal, Appellant should have foreseen that the foreign forum would be unavailable to them and that issue should have been raised in previous proceedings. Because we find that an exception to the application of collateral estoppel applies to these cases, we reverse.

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