PLL #22: Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal in Austrian Ski Train Fire Case

August 24, 2007 Advisory

Victims of accidents outside the United States sometimes attempt to sue product manufacturers or distributors in courts in the United States. A common response to such suits is a motion to dismiss based on forum non conveniens gounds. Recently New York federal court Judge Shira Scheindlin granted such a motion in a case arising out of a 2000 ski train accident in Kaprun, Austria which resulted in a fire which killed 155 people.