Defense lessons piercing the veil of the Kumho tire case


Law360 (October 28, 2020, 5:10 p.m. EDT) – When most litigators hear the name “Kumho Tire,” they think of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the admissibility of expert testimony.[1] But a more recent Kumho Tire case has new lessons for litigators – not on expert testimony, but on the all-too-common practice of plaintiffs making veil-piercing or alter ego allegations to obtain. personal jurisdiction over a foreign parent company.

In Jahner v. Kumho Tire USA Inc., a wrongful death product civil liability action, the plaintiffs sought personal jurisdiction in a federal court in South Dakota over the South Korean parent company of the US subsidiary Kumho Tire USA . Although the parent …

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