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Negligence: Wrongful Death-Premises Liability-Choice of Law

Decedent, a six-year-old boy, touched an exposed live electrical wire at defendants’ restaurant in Amman, Jordan, and was killed. His parents sued, asserting wrongful death claims. The district court found a conflict of law between Jordanian and Missouri law regarding apparent authority or strict products liability could serve as grounds for tort liability. The district court determined that Jordan had the most significant relationship to the case and dismissed plaintiff’s apparent authority and strict products liability claims as unrecognized by Jordanian law.

Where the court found no error in the district court’s choice-of-law analysis, it affirmed the partial dismissal of plaintiffs’ action.

Judgment is affirmed.

Estate of I.E.H. v. CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (MLW No. 79637/Case No. 22-1488 – 4 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, per curiam) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Fleissig, J.