Suing a non-New York Company in a New York court: Understanding New York’s “Long Arm” Statute

A recent decision highlights the importance of understanding New York’s “Long-Arm” Statute when considering to sue an overseas business.  A New York court ruled that a flight attendant claiming that a defectively designed jump seat on an Airbus made in France caused her injury on a flight from Boston to Washington D.C. could not sue for damages in New York because she had failed to fulfill the requirements of New York’s “long arm” statute contained in CPLR 302(a). To sue an entity in New York under New York’s “long arm” statute, you must be able to prove that the other party: transacts business within New York or contracts anywhere to supply goods or services in the state;  or commits a tortious act within New York, except as to a cause of action for defamation of character arising from the act;  or commits a tortious act or causes injury to person or

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