Cases & Deals

U.S. automotive parts company obtains dismissal of putative class action lawsuit related to alleged workplace exposure to toxic substances

Clients U.S. automotive parts company

Jones Day represented a U.S. automotive parts company in a putative class action (dismissed; affirmed on appeal).

On October 15, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio dismissed a putative class action against a U.S. automotive parts company represented by Jones Day. Plaintiffs were former employees of a factory in France run by the company's indirect, majority-owned French subsidiary. They brought various tort claims against the company, on behalf of a class of workers, arising out of alleged workplace exposures to toxic substances at that factory. The company moved to dismiss the complaint on grounds of forum non conveniens. The court granted the motion, finding from expert testimony that France provided an adequate forum, and that the practical problems, burden and expense of conducting the litigation in Ohio, as well as the overwhelming interest of France in the matter, warranted dismissal.