Strategically Leveraging the Personal Jurisdiction Requirement to Put the Brakes on Litigation Tourism & Forum Shopping

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Until recently, personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants had been expanding significantly in scope through the reliance on tenuous corporate contacts or business conducted by a defendant in a particular forum. In January 2014, however, that all started to change when the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 564 U.S. 915 (2014), holding that corporations are subject to general jurisdiction in just two states – the company’s state of incorporation, and state in which the company maintains its principal place of business.

Originally published in the Winter 2019 edition of OACTA Quarterly Review.

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