Personal Jurisdiction

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Beware the Quagmire of Personal Jurisdiction

A plaintiff in the District of New Hampshire recently found itself stuck in an unenviable and inescapable jurisdictional hole. Plaintiff Presby Patent Trust sued Infiltrator Systems, a Connecticut-based manufacturer and...more

Check-Out Time at the Hotel California?

We love our home state of California, but we have long bemoaned the widespread practice of what we call litigation tourism. That is where unrelated plaintiffs, sometimes thousands of them, from all corners of the U.S. join...more

Connecticut Court Possesses Personal Jurisdiction Over “Demonologist” Publisher

In the District of Connecticut, an out of state publisher with no alleged direct contacts with Connecticut recently lost its bid to have a case against it dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction. Gerald Brittle sued...more

Led Zeppelin is Going to California

On May 31, 2014, members of the band Led Zeppelin and its publishers were sued for copyright infringement by Randy California, the former guitarist and front man of the band Spirit. The lawsuit, filed in the State of...more

Foreign Defendant Is Dismissed For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

Defendant is a Finnish company with its principal place of business in Finland. It contracts with codefendant Delaware corporation to distribute its products in the United States. Defendant does not conduct direct sales in...more

Lessons in Personal Jurisdiction for BPCIA Litigants after the Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler

An emerging issue in Hatch-Waxman litigation – and potentially under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) – is the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct.746 (2014), on...more

Foreign Corporations and the Long Arm of the Law

Can foreign corporations avoid the long arm of the law? A recent order in a Massachusetts declaratory judgment patent case suggests that the answer may be, “sometimes.” The case began when Venmill Industries, Inc. filed a...more

Harsh Words for KIND Bars

Kind, LLC received a rude awakening from the FDA when it notified the popular snack-maker that it was violating numerous federal regulations by allegedly misbranding four popular products. Kind is known for its widely-popular...more

California Appellate Court Finds Railroad Company Not Subject to Jurisdiction

In BNSF Railway Company v. Superior Court (2015) 185 Cal.Rptr.3d 391, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, reversed a trial court order denying BNSF Railway Company’s motion to quash service of summons for lack of...more

Levitin v. Sony Music Entertainment - USDC, Southern District of New York, April 22, 2015

In copyright infringement action arising out of international release of song “Timber” by performing artists Pitbull and Kesha, district court dismisses claims against Sony Music Entertainment, which obtained license from...more

Novartis Pharms. Corp. v. Mylan Inc.

Case Name: Novartis Pharms. Corp. v. Mylan Inc., Civ. No. 14-777-RGA, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31812 (D. Del. March 16, 2015) (Andrews, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Exelon Patch (rivastigmine); U.S. Patents...more

Court Declines To Order Discovery For Foreign Proceedings

Sleet, J. Petitioner’s application for leave to take discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 from respondent, a Delaware corporation, for use in foreign litigation is denied....more

Simplicity And Clarity In The Administration And Enforcement Of Jurisdictional Rules

Jurisdictional rules are intended to be simple and thereby easy to administer and enforce. See Hertz Corp. v. Friend, 559 U.S. 77, 81, 94-95 (2010) (“[W]e place primary weight upon the need for judicial administration of a...more

Blogging with Intent: Personal Jurisdiction and Defamation in the Internet Age

A California court of appeal recently decided that posting allegedly defamatory statements from Illinois on the Internet about a person living in California, without more, did not create “minimum contacts” for purposes of...more

We’re Not in Kansas: No General Jurisdiction After Bauman

We knew that the Supreme Court’s opinion in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), was a game changer the first time we read it. Gone is the concept of general personal jurisdiction that we learned in law school, where...more

Magistrate’s Report And Recommendation Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Is Adopted

Forest Laboratories, Inc. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, C.A. No. 14-508-LPS, March 30, 2015 - Stark, C.J. Defendant’s objection to magistrate’s report is overruled and its motion to dismiss is denied....more

California Restricts Principles of “General” Personal Jurisdiction

In BNSF Railway Company v. Superior Court (Kralovetz) (Filed 3/27/2015, No. B260798), the California Court of Appeal, Second District, held a Delaware railroad corporation, with its principal place of business in Texas, was...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Actions Directed At Forum Resident Alone Are Not Enough for Personal Jurisdiction

In Picot v. Weston, (filed 3/19/15, No. 12-17098), Plaintiff sought a declaration that there was no oral agreement between plaintiff and defendant concerning the sale of proprietary technology and alleged that defendant had...more

New Developments in Hatch-Waxman Personal Jurisdiction Cases

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana joined the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas in finding specific jurisdiction based on receipt of a Paragraph IV Notice Letter. See...more

Virtus Capital L.P. v. Eastman Chemical Co. et al., C.A. No. 9808-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 11, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction brought by an individual that controlled the majority stockholders of a Delaware corporation, holding that the complaint...more

Court Denies Generic Drug Manufacturer’s Motion to Dismiss Hatch-Waxman Patent Infringement Action on Jurisdiction Grounds

On March 12, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana joined the District of Delaware and Eastern District of Texas as the first courts to consider a generic drug manufacturer’s motion to dismiss...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Illinois Supreme Court Closes Back Door on Dina - Holds Only Absence of Jurisdiction Renders a Judgment...

In LVNV Funding, LLC v. Trice, 2015 IL 116129, the Illinois Supreme Court recently held that only the absence of personal or subject matter jurisdiction renders a circuit court’s judgment void. Thus, a judgment entered with...more

Please Shut the Gate: High Court Decision on Important Jurisdictional Gateway

The English Civil Procedure Rules specify a number of “jurisdictional gateways” by which a foreign defendant may be brought within the jurisdiction of the English courts under the so-called common law rules. Amongst these is...more

No Consent To General Jurisdiction By Merely Registering To Do Business

Since Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), severely curtailed general personal jurisdiction, litigation tourist plaintiffs – those who file suit outside of their states of domicile (mostly in so-called litigation...more

Magistrate Recommends Denying Motion To Dismiss Based On Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

Burke, M.J. Magistrate recommends denying defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in a Report and Recommendation....more

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