Many products and goods sold in the United States are manufactured abroad. A victim who is injured by a defective product manufactured by a foreign company may sue the foreign manufacturer, but the case may be more difficult for a number of reasons:
- Jurisdiction : The foreign corporation may argue that it is not subject to the jurisdiction of a U.S. court. The company probably will not win on this position, since they are doing business in the United States and are subject to U.S. laws. However, a victim may spend time and money contesting these arguments.
- Service : The procedures and requirements for properly notifying a foreign corporation that it has been sued are quite complicated. The foreign corporation may argue that they were not properly served with the lawsuit, which can cause serious delays or even invalidate the entire lawsuit.
- Cost : Filing a lawsuit against a foreign corporation can be very expensive, given the expenses such as long-distance phone calls, international mail, and travel.
Do I Need a Lawyer if I Was Injured by a Foreign Defective Product?
If you or a loved one has been injured by a foreign defective product, you should speak to an experienced products and services lawyer to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. A products liability lawyer can help you file any necessary paperwork and represent you in court.