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December 2020

DRI Publishes Product Liability Article Authored by Brent Buyse and Manuel Saldaña

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani Los Angeles partner Manuel Saldaña and Dallas associate Brent Buyse authored "Are Open Skies on the Horizon in Specific Jurisdiction Cases?" published in Volume 17 of DRI's Strictly Speaking publication, the newsletter of the Product Liability Committee.

The article examines recently consolidated products liability actions and the issue of personal jurisdiction with the focus on the “arise out of or relate to” aspect with implications for the automotive and aviation industries. The article states, “The outcome of these cases could mark a paradigm shift of the conditions for a court to exercise specific jurisdiction in the absence of a finding of general jurisdiction. For the aviation industry, where recent jurisdictional battles have centered on specific jurisdiction, this could open amenability to suit as wide as the sky.”

Saldaña is Co-Managing partner of the Irvine office of Gordon & Rees and a nationally-recognized trial attorney and litigator. His clients include Fortune 500 companies and other large institutions and corporations. He has tried to verdict and successfully handled several complex matters, including those related to aviation, utilities, automobile, playground equipment, industrial equipment, consumer goods and food products. Saldaña has handled medical risk, elder abuse and emotional distress cases. 

Buyse is an associate in the Dallas office of Gordon & Rees and is a member of the Commercial Litigation, International Law, Aviation and Employment Law practice groups. Since joining Gordon & Rees, he has represented a diverse group of clients in a variety of industries across the State of Texas. He has obtained summary judgment victories from Dallas to San Antonio and all the way to the South Texas border. He has appeared pro hac vice in multiple jurisdictions and successfully resolved high profile matters before state agencies and administrative law courts. He also has extensive experience protecting the interest of clients and their families in domestic matters.

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Brent T. Buyse
Manuel Saldana