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Foreign Battery Manufacturer Dismissed From Combusting E-Cig Case on Jurisdictional Grounds

LG Chem was recently granted dismissal in a combusting vape case after a judge ruled that he lacked jurisdiction to oversee the dispute because LG's contacts with Ohio were unrelated to the batteries at issue. This ruling further deepens a jurisdictional split over the issue of whether foreign battery manufactures will be held subject to personal jurisdiction in various U.S. states.

A man who filed a lawsuit over an LG e-cig battery that exploded, searing through his jeans and left thigh, has agreed to dismiss his claims against a distributor of the batteries following a federal judge's decision to relieve the South Korea-based chemical company of liability in the litigation.