We live in a world in which people are constantly moving about, traveling far and wide for both pleasure and business. Products also travel long distances before they reach the end consumer in many instances.
When a lawsuit arises under facts in which multiple states’ laws could potentially apply, the courts are confronted with a so-called “choice of law” issue. It is not always easy to resolve such issues.
Sometimes, the laws of two states are so different that, under one state’s law, the plaintiff stands an excellent chance of recovering considerable damages, but, in another state, a defense could exist that would completely defeat the plaintiff’s claim.