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Case of the Day: McAllister-Lewis v. Goodyear

Harley Davidson Ultra Classic
Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. Credit: Maxwell Hamilton. CC BY 2.0 license
The case of the day is McAllister-Lewis v. Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd. (D.S.D. 2015). Judith McAllister-Lewis sued Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for wrongful death after her husband died in a motorcycle accident on the highway when the tire of his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic had a “catastrophic deflation.” The tire was designed, manufactured, and sold in the US but built at a Goodyear and Dunlop plant in Montlucon, France. The plaintiff served a discovery on the defendants, both US entities, seeking information in the possession of GDTF, an indirect subsidiary of Goodyear in France. The defendants argued that answering the questions McAllister-Lewis had posed about “which GDTF employees were involved in the manufacturing and/or inspection process” might violate French privacy law.
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Case of the Day: International School of Management v. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

The case of the day is International School of Management, Inc. v. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (D. Kan. 2015). ISM ran executive education programs that awarded the degree of master of business administration. One of the programs was in France. ISM claimed that its accrediting body, ACBS, wrongfully terminated its accreditation on the grounds that the ISM entity that ran the program, ISMA, lacked the power to award higher degrees in France. ISM obtained a temporary restraining order requiring ACBS to accredit the French program and to indicate on its website that the program was accredited.
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Case of the Day: Ashraf-Hassan v. Embassy of France

The case of the day is Ashraf-Hassan v. Embassy of France (D.C. Cir. 2015). Saima Ashraf-Hassan, a Pakistani national, was employed by the French embassy. She brought a claim of workplace harassment. The embassy answered the complaint without raising sovereign immunity and participated in discovery. Just before trial, the embassy sought to dismiss the case on sovereign immunity grounds. The district court denied the motion, and the embassy appealed.
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