Retention Agreement That Specified New York Jurisdiction Enforced by Illinois Court

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The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois interpreted a retention agreement that provided that “Client expressly agrees to in personam jurisdiction in New York . . . .” The court granted a motion to transfer on the basis of forum non conveniens based on the quoted language. The fact that the quoted language did not specifically provide for exclusive jurisdiction in New York did not stop the court from finding that the provision established an exclusive forum for a malpractice action.

Molon Motors and Coil Corp. v. Mishcon De Reya, LLP, John Petersoric, and Mark Raskin; 2020 WL 5702163; September 24, 2020

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