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Morrison & Foerster LLP | USA | 18 Mar 2014

Supreme Court further restricts scope of specific personal jurisdiction

The Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion in Walden v Fiore, reversing the Ninth Circuit's holding that Nevada had specific personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant who had known that the alleged harm would affect residents of Nevada. Walden is the latest in a string of recent Supreme Court decisions that have curtailed attempts to expand personal jurisdiction.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | USA | 4 Mar 2014

Supreme Court curtails general personal jurisdiction

The Supreme Court recently reversed the Ninth Circuit's holding that a German company was subject to general personal jurisdiction in California, based on the California contacts of its Delaware subsidiary. The court reiterated that personal jurisdiction is generally limited to where a foreign corporation's affiliations with the forum state are so extensive as to render it essentially at home......
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | USA | 5 Nov 2013

More than an alien tort statute case: Supreme Court may limit personal jurisdiction

The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in a personal jurisdiction case. The issues involve the standard for general personal jurisdiction based on imputing the contacts of in-forum subsidiaries to foreign parent corporations. Thus, it is of significant interest to businesses, as personal jurisdiction delimits a court's ability to hale a defendant into court and subject that defendant......
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | USA | 2 Jul 2013

Fractured Federal Circuit creates more questions than answers

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued its en banc decision in CLS Bank Int'l v Alice Corp. The decision included seven separate opinions, but the only precedential portion appears to be the one-page per curiam opinion affirming the district court's holding that the asserted method, computer-readable medium and system claims are not directed to eligible subject matter......
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | USA | 21 May 2013

Supreme Court revisits (and may rein in) personal jurisdiction

The Supreme Court has frequently declined to engage in issues of personal jurisdiction. However, it recently granted review and certiorari in a pair of personal jurisdiction cases, both of which are of significant interest to businesses, as personal jurisdiction delimits a court's ability to hail a defendant into court and subject that defendant to the court's power and punishment. Decisions......
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