In a case with a fact pattern that would make a first-rate law school exam question, New York’s Appellate Division, 2nd Department, last week applied a conflict of laws analysis in determining that a New Jersey-based rental car company could not be sued for a New Yorker’s injuries from an accident that occurred in Quebec, although the driver of the rental could be held liable.

In King v. Car Rentals, 02336, the appeals panel reversed a Suffolk County Supreme Court ruling and held that New Jersey’s law, not Quebec’s or New York’s, governed the case.

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