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Personal Jurisdiction

Jurisdictional Discovery: When and Why It’s Available

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Personal jurisdiction analysis is often the enemy of 1L’s tackling that doozy of a CivPro exam. Outside of that 10-page fact pattern requiring consideration of Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia, SA v. Hall, International...more

MDL Direct Filing & Personal Jurisdiction

by Reed Smith on

Bexis gave a talk the other day at the Washington Legal Foundation on personal jurisdiction after last term’s United States Supreme Court decisions in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017)...more

Illinois Supreme Court Issues Opinion that May Change Asbestos Litigation Landscape

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On September 21, 2017 the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois issued a personal jurisdiction opinion that may change the national landscape of asbestos litigation. Aspen American Insurance Company v. Interstate...more

Lucky Seven – Multi-Plaintiff Misjoinder Fails in Illinois Post-BMS

by Reed Smith on

Once the Supreme Court’s decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017), definitively determined that non-resident plaintiffs can’t go suing non-resident defendants anywhere they want,...more

Recent Court Decisions on Venue Challenges Following TC Heartland

by Knobbe Martens on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware recently handed down two important decisions on motions to transfer for improper venue. Judge Stark presided over both cases, transferring one case and ordering further...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Requirements For Patent Cases

by Weintraub Tobin on

Until the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22, 2017 ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States district courts had interpreted the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C....more

Recent US Court Decision Addresses Patent Infringement Dispute Between Two Finnish Companies - The World in U.S. Courts: September...

The World in U.S. Courts was launched as a quarterly publication almost five years ago to catalogue new U.S. court decisions discussing some of the unique risks and opportunities for parties based in other countries. A few...more

Document Discovery From Non-Parties in Commercial Arbitration: Availability and Practical Considerations

Litigators in the U.S. often take for granted the ease with which they can obtain discovery from non-parties in our federal and state courts. One might assume that the “presumption in favor of arbitrability” embodied in the...more

Your State Or Mine: Patent Lawsuits Can Now Only Be Brought Where Corporations Have Physical Locations

For decades, companies have been subject to patent infringement lawsuits almost anywhere that they had sales, whether through a physical store or online. Often, based on online sales, the defendant corporation could be...more

Federal Circuit Shoots Down Eastern District Of Texas Patent Venue Test

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

September 21, 2017. On a petition for writ of mandamus, the Federal Circuit ordered the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to transfer venue of a patent action—rejecting the four-part venue test proposed...more

Fashion Design Copyright Infringement Victory - BB&K Partner Henry Welles Wins Fashion Industry Clothing IP Case

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A fashion clothing industry copyright infringement appeal was won by Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Henry Welles, who represented Natural Fashions, Inc., which does business as Anu. The case was originally brought in federal...more

Does the Federal Circuit's In re Cray Decision Suggest a New Business Model for Savvy Infringers?

Patent law has always been tasked with interpreting law in an ever-shifting factual environment, where well-established principles need to be applied to new technology. Twenty years ago, the Federal Circuit grappled with the...more

Judge Gilstrap’s Patent Venue Test Gets Slapped Down

In its decision, the Federal Circuit also took the opportunity to clarify the Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland decision and set forth three general requirements to determine where a defendant maintains “a regular and...more

Federal Circuit Holds that the “Required and Established Place of Business” for Patent Infringement Venue Under §1400(b) Requires...

Brief Summary The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that to find a “required and established place of business” for venue in a civil action for patent infringement, the court must identify “a physical...more

Illinois Supreme Court Limits Personal Jurisdiction in Three Counties Named "Judicial Hellholes"

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On September 21, 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an opinion aggressively limiting general personal jurisdiction over corporations. Cook, Madison, McLean and St. Clair counties in Illinois are all affected....more

Answer the Phone, Win a Trip to New York?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

If you live in the Western Hemisphere, then you already know that New York courts may exercise personal jurisdiction over a nondomiciliary who transacts business in New York if the plaintiff’s claim arises from the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Fundamentally Limits the Ability to Sue Non-Illinois Corporations

by Polsinelli on

Following recent precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court limited the circumstances in which a non-resident corporate defendant can be subject to suit in Illinois on claims with no connection to the...more

Federal Circuit Defines “Regular and Established Place of Business”

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit defined “regular and established place of business” in a judicial district to require (1) a physical place in the district that is (2) regular and established, and that is (3)...more

Making the Sausage: Lower Courts Grapple With the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland Venue Decision

The United States Supreme Court decided earlier this year that a 1957 opinion is still valid and still limits venue choices for patent infringement actions under 28 U.S.C. § 1400. See TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group...more

Employee Residence is Not the Defendant’s Regular and Established Place of Business

In In re: Cray Inc., 2017-129 (September 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit granted Cray’s Petition for Writ of Mandamus and directed the Eastern District of Texas to transfer a patent infringement action pursuant to 28 U.S.C....more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Constitutional Limits on Specific Jurisdiction Over Foreign Defendants…Again

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Since 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court has continued to roll back the expansion of personal jurisdiction by lower courts and has set more limitations on where a plaintiff can sue corporate defendants. We have watched this unfold...more

Federal Circuit Provides Framework for Establishing Venue in Patent Cases

by Jones Day on

This past week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in In re Cray, providing guidance on application of the patent venue statue. In granting a writ of mandamus and transferring the case from...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Requirement Post-TC Heartland by Granting Mandamus Relief in In re Cray

Late last week, the Federal Circuit granted a writ of mandamus in In re Cray, 2017-129 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 21, 2017), overturning Judge Gilstrap’s four-factor test for determining whether a defendant possesses “a regular and...more

Federal Circuit Brings More Clarity to Rules Governing Proper Venue for Patent Cases

by Dechert LLP on

For years, the Eastern District of Texas has been the most popular forum for patent cases because it has generally been viewed to have patentee-friendly juries, judges, and procedures. But recent rulings from the Supreme...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Law in the Wake of TC Heartland

by Morgan Lewis on

On September 21, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in In re: Cray Inc. clarifying how district courts should determine whether a patent infringement defendant maintains a “regular and...more

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