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Teen Can’t Sue In Illinois For Birth-Control Injury

CHICAGO (CN) - An Illinois appellate court dismissed a medical negligence claim against Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana, filed by an Illinois teen who drove four miles from Lansing, Ill.,to get birth-control pills at the Indiana clinic.

The 16-year-old later accused the clinic of failing to look up her medical history before prescribing the contraceptives, causing her to develop a blood clot that led to unspecified permanent injuries.

Planned Parenthood argued that the Illinois court lacks personal jurisdiction over the case, because the plaintiff was examined and treated in Indiana.

The appeals court agreed, saying the plaintiff failed to show that her injuries stemmed from activities that Planned Parenthood "purposefully directed to Illinois residents."

Her general jurisdiction claim also fails, the court ruled, because Planned Parenthood took no part in placing its contact information in Illinois phone books.

Even if it had, mere solicitation is not enough to establish that the Indiana clinic subjected itself to Illinois jurisdiction. See ruling.

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