Jurisdiction Question?

Andrew lives in Wisconsin. On August 12, 2011 he took an automobile trip to Kansas to interview for a possible job. He was driving through Iowa on the Interstate Highway when he was involved in a crash with another car on an exit ramp. Both cars were extensively damaged and Andrew was taken to a local hospital. He was released after two days and returned home to Wisconsin. Jane, the driver of the other car was not injured and was able to return to her home in Tennessee. Andrew now files suit in the U.S. District Court located in Des Moines. This is the federal district court and not a state court. Andrew claims Jane negligently caused the accident and is liable for the total loss of his new BMW and medical bills. He seeks damages in the amount of $155,000. Jane claims the court must dismiss the case due to a lack of jurisdiction. Jane argues: 1. The federal court lacks subject matter jurisdiction because this is “only a simple car accident case in Iowa, not a federal case.” 2. The federal court lacks personal jurisdiction over her because she was only in Iowa once in her life while driving back to her Tennessee home after a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Please discuss the legal merits of both these claims.

Asked By: - 2/5/2013
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makes zero sense. think if Andrew was driving with a child, and a simple car accident if my #'s are correct is anything 75K or less, could be off on that number but its not like it matters when the amount andrew is going for is over 150k. Federal i'm 95% positive can be involved in this. In states you can have an... More
Answered By: ? - 2/5/2013
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