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Daimler and Walden: The Supreme Court's Continued Trend on Limiting Personal Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court has issued two decisions that clarify the limitations of general and specific jurisdiction over a non-resident defendant. A defendant corporation will be subject to general jurisdiction in a state only if...more

Feeling the Heat in Florida: Could Canadian Insurers Be Exposed to Florida’s Unfriendly Bad Faith Laws?

Could a Canadian insurer that only insures Canadian residents still be sued for bad faith in Florida for failing to performing certain duties that must be performed in Florida? A recent Florida intermediate appeals court...more

Supreme Court Limits Reach of General Jurisdiction for Corporations

The Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman (Jan. 14, 2014), dealing with the topic of “general jurisdiction,” significantly limits a plaintiff’s options as to where to bring a lawsuit. ...more

The World in US Courts: Decisions Discussed in This Issue: Fall 2013

Orrick is pleased to announce the third issue of The World in US Courts: Orrick’s Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global Business and Cross-Border Activities. This issue discusses 33 new decisions that...more

Invitae Files Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in Myriad Genetics v. Invitae Corp.

It is often to a patentee plaintiff's strategic advantage to file suit in the district in which it resides, to obtain whatever "home court" advantage may attach to that venue. Myriad's choice of filing its post-Supreme Court...more

New York Appellate Court Addresses Personal Jurisdiction Based On Online Contacts

Recently, the New York Appellate Division, Second Department, held that out-of-state defendants in a medical malpractice case were not subject to the New York court’s personal jurisdiction based on an Internet advertisement...more

Illinois Supreme Court’s New Ruling May Impact the Minimum Contacts Requirement in Establishing Specific Personal Jurisdiction

In Russell v. SNFA, 2013 IL 113909, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the exercise of specific personal jurisdiction under the “catch-all provision” of the Illinois Long-Arm Statute, which provides that a court “may also...more

Out-of-State Workers May Sue under Massachusetts Wage Act

Late last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held in Taylor v. Eastern Connection Operating, Inc. that out-of-state plaintiffs may bring suit under the Massachusetts independent contractor statute where the...more

Second Highest Penalty in FCPA History Comes with a Caution from the Bench about the Limits of the Act’s Jurisdiction

In Brief - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act covers a nearly boundless range of business conduct by issuers and their agents in an ever more global world. Yet the contrast in sentences handed down in two recent FCPA...more

The Evolving Law of Personal Jurisdiction May Affect International Supply Chain Risk

In the last two months, the United States Supreme Court granted review in two cases involving the limits of federal court jurisdiction over foreign companies: DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965 (cert. granted Apr. 22,...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - March 2013: A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2012: Jurisdiction and Venue

In 2012, several courts faced the challenge of whether a foreign reinsurer is subject to the personal jurisdiction of U.S. courts and consistently held that contracting with a cedent who conducts business in a particular...more

The Death of Pennoyer v. Neff and the Requirements for Minimum Contacts under the FCPA

The bane of every first year law student, at least in Civil Procedure, is Pennoyer v. Neff. This is because (1) it is usually studied very early in the semester; (2) is viewed as the first true introduction to how strikingly...more

Courts Diverge on the Reach of Personal Jurisdiction in FCPA Cases Against Foreign Defendants

Last month, two federal judges in the Southern District of New York reached differing conclusions about the minimum contacts required for U.S. courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants in civil...more

Line in the Sand: Siemens Argentina Case Limits Personal Jurisdiction Under the FCPA

A New York federal district court judge has dismissed a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) claim against a former executive of Siemens, S.A. Argentina and Siemens Transportation Systems for lack of personal jurisdiction. ...more

New York Federal Court Holds SEC’s FCPA Enforcement Theory “Far Too Attenuated” For Jurisdiction

On February 19, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the SEC’s allegations of personal jurisdiction over a former CEO of Siemens’ Argentinian subsidiary – a German citizen with no direct...more

Southern District of New York Ruling May Present Challenges for FCPA Defendants

A recent ruling in the Southern District of New York rejected two defenses in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case, resulting in an interpretation of the law that could have damaging consequences for defendants who are...more

In What Circumstances Can Foreign Nationals Be Held Liable for Violating The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

In the last two weeks, in two separate SEC enforcement actions, judges in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued rulings addressing when the United States Securities and Exchange...more

District Court Decision Limits the Extraterritorial Reach of the FCPA

Judge in Siemens case seeks "limiting principle" for the exercise of personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants and concludes that mere support for a bribery scheme by a foreign defendant is insufficient to establish...more

Increased Risk of FCPA Prosecution of Foreign National Executives of U.S. Issuers: Recent Court Decision Allows Open-Ended Statute...

A recent federal court decision highlights the increasing risk of prosecution for foreign national executives under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA”). The decision from the federal district court in New York denied...more

New York Court of Appeals Holds Upholds Broad Choice of New York Law Provision in Contract Even in Absence of Contacts With New...

In IRB-Brasil Resseguros, S.A. v. Inepar Investments, S.A., No. 191, 2012 WL 6571286 (N.Y. Dec. 18, 2012), the Court of Appeals of the State of New York held that a broad choice of law provision in a contract precludes any...more

Telephone Negotiations Not Enough to Obtain Personal Jurisdiction

Originally published on the ABA Section of Litigation Pretrial & Discovery Website on 1/2/2013. In a decision that came out just after Christmas, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. v. Bassett & Walker International, Inc.,...more

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