Ruiz et al. v. TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc.
OPINION AND ORDER granting 13 Motion to Dismiss and denying Jurisdictional Discovery. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 9/22/17. (SLW)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA
2 2 2017
NORA PATRICIA RUIZ,INDIVIDUALLY
AND AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE
ESTATE OF HECTOR RUIZ,DECEASED;
AND HECTOR A. RUIZ,BIOLOGICAL SON,
OPINION AND ORDER GRANTESfG
MOTION TO DISMISS AND DENYING
TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS,INC.,
Plaintiffs Nora Patricia Ruiz, individually and as representative of the Estate of Hector
Ruiz, and Hector A. Ruiz as the biological son (Plaintiffs) sued Defendant TRW Vehicle Safety
Systems, Inc.(TRW)alleging products liability, negligence, and wrongful death of Hector Ruiz.
Doc. 26. TRW moved to dismiss the action for lack of personal jurisdiction. Doc. 13, and
Plaintiffs opposed that motion. Doc. 27. For the reasons stated below, this Court will grant
TRW's motion to dismiss or, if Plaintiffs request, transfer the case to a district with jurisdiction.
Plaintiffs are the surviving wife and son of Hector Ruiz. Doc. 27 at UK 1-2. They are
residents of Jacksonville, Texas. Doc. 27 at K11-2. Defendant TRW is a Delaware corporation
with its principal place of business in Michigan. Doc. 14-1 at K 5. TRW designs and
manufactures original equipment automotive seat belt assemblies for its customers, most of
which are motor vehicle manufacturers. Doc. 14-1 at K 6.
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