Murray v. American LaFrance, LLC

Several plaintiffs sued a for excessive sound exposure. The defendant manufactures fire engine sirens. Defendant’s main tie to Pennsylvania is that it is registered as a foreign corporation in the Commonwealth; otherwise it has minimal ties to the Commonwealth. When the defendant objected to jurisdiction in preliminary objections, plaintiff tried to justify jurisdiction in more traditional ways, such as pointing out staff in the Commonwealth and business conducted there. But the response to preliminary objections never mentioned foreign corporation registration. The lower court granted the POs and dismissed the case. On appeal, the Superior Court did what the Superior Court does: found the argument waived and affirmed.