Miller v. LG Chem, Ltd.

Stacy Miller

W. Stacy Miller, II is a personal injury lawyer at Miller Law Group, in Raleigh. Stacy is a Raleigh native. He received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and law degree from Campbell Law School. He is currently licensed in North Carolina and the District of Columbia. His practice includes catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, and representing whistleblowers under False Claims Act.

Stacy has served on the Board of Governors for NCAJ, was Vice President of the profession negligence section of AAJ, and currently a member of the Board of Visitors for Campbell Law School. His is married to Blannie Miller and together they have two boys, Stacy III and Hank.

Opinion Filed June 16, 2023
Attorney for the Case Sarah Willingham
Amicus Brief Writers Andrew Schwaba Noah Abrams Stacy Miller
Court NC Supreme Court
Docket No. 69A22

Plaintiff filed suit related to injuries sustained when a battery exploded in his pocket. The trial court dismissed the case against foreign manufacturer defendants based on a lack of personal jurisdiction. The trial court entered this order without ruling on plaintiff’s motion to compel jurisdictional discovery. In a divided decision, the Court of Appeals affirmed. On appeal to the Supreme Court of North Carolina, NCAJ filed an amicus brief arguing that the Court of Appeals’ decision effectively immunized foreign manufacturers from liability even when they specifically target the North Carolina market, and therefore prejudiced both North Carolinians injured by foreign products and North Carolina companies involved in the supply chain of said products. NCAJ also argued that the Court of Appeals erred in failing to reverse the trial court for failure to allow jurisdictional discovery.

In a unanimous per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court agreed with NCAJ’s amicus brief and reversed the Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court’s opinion holds that without jurisdictional discovery, it is impossible for the Supreme Court to assess whether the trial court properly applied the standards for personal jurisdiction set forth by the Supreme Court of the United States in Ford Motor Co.