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Compliance with FARs Provides Defense to Claim of Negligence Against Aircraft Manufacturer

A February decision by a federal court in Washington State found that federal regulation of aviation safety has “occupied the field” with respect to aircraft design and testing.

The State Selected For Delivery Of An Aircraft May Exercise Personal Jurisdiction Over The Seller

A recent federal case in the Western District of Tennessee demonstrates the importance of including a forum selection clause in any aircraft sales agreement. In McMahan Jets, LLC. v. Roadlink Transportation, Inc., the court ruled, in the absence of such a clause, that the Utah seller of an aircraft was subject to the jurisdiction of a Tennessee court when it acceded to a Mississippi buyer’s request that the aircraft be delivered to it in Tennessee.

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