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Steinhoff v. Defendant Snow Vehicle Manufacturer


Defendant Snow Vehicle Manufacturer


Reversed in favor of defendant


In February 2006, plaintiff, a Michigan resident, was allegedly rendered a quadriplegic while operating a snow-grooming tractor in Michigan. Plaintiff filed suit against the Oregon manufacturer of the tractor in Cook County.

Defendant argued that it was not doing business in Illinois and that service of the complaint and summons on it was in violation of the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Defendant’s motion to dismiss was denied in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District reversed the circuit court’s ruling, finding the defendant was not subject to personal jurisdiction in Illinois.