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Ammons Team Prevails Against Bridgestone’s Motion to Dismiss in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Ammons Law Firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen people harmed when a defective tire caused a fatal New Mexico bus crash. The lawsuit, which Ammons filed first before several firms joined as intervenors, names Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC as a defendant.

The lawsuit asserts that Bridgestone’s negligence produced a defective tire that caused the fatal crash. The lawsuit, filed in the First Judicial District Court of Santa Fe County, New Mexico, asserts that various defects in the tire’s development, design, and manufacture led to the separation of the tread from the rest of the tire.

Attorneys Rob Ammons, John Gsanger, April Strahan, and Raina Newsome prevailed after Bridgestone filed a Motion to Dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Ammon’s response was filed on August 28, 2019, and the Court denied Bridgestone’s motion on November 22, 2019. In Ammon’s response, it was argued jurisdiction was established through the following:

  • Bridgestone voluntarily registered to do business in New Mexico.
  • Bridgestone was served with the process in New Mexico through its registered agent.
  • Bridgestone has been registered to do business in New Mexico under its current name for a decade, and Bridgestone has been registered in New Mexico under its former names going back at least two decades.
  • Bridgestone purposefully availed itself of millions of dollars in revenue from New Mexico by distributing and selling its tires into the stream of commerce.

The detailed response was the first to win in Court against Bridgestone’s Motion to Dismiss, prompting the intervenors to file the same response using Ammon’s language to keep their cases in New Mexico Court. The intervenors also prevailed.

Read our response to Bridgestone’s Motion to Dismiss and the Order here.

The case is Lamar v. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, et al., D-101-CV-2019-00098.

Attorney Rob Ammons is the author of Tire Defect Litigation, a cornerstone manual for attorneys handling defective tire claims. Ammons has extensive experience in litigating tire cases against manufacturers. Tire cases require special technical knowledge and tire companies can be formidable opponents. At The Ammons Law Firm, our tire defect attorneys have a proven track record of success. We know how to prove liability in defective tire cases and seek the maximum compensation our clients are owed.

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