Personal Jurisdiction

Footnotes: 1. All states have some kind of statute that allows for a traditional basis for asserting jurisdiction. 2. A person may consent to PJ long in advance of the litigation. Sometimes parties to a contract agree to litigate only in a designated forum. Such provisions have been upheld even if it is burdensome for one party. Carnival Cruise Lines. 3. Consent to jurisdiction can be manifested by appoint of an agent for service of process within the state. National Equip. Rental Ltd. 4. Parties may also consent to jurisdiction by virtues of their conduct in litigation. The S. Ct. held that by filing a complaint, the P consent to a counterclaim filed against the P by the D. Adam. A D has a right to object to PJ that can be waived at any time. A failure to raise a timely objection constitutes a waiver 5. All states have nonresident motorist statutes similar to Hess. An example of implied consent and specific jurisdiction. 6. The intent of the individual to make a particular location a permanent home and facts indicating that the party had physically located there. Must be at the time the cause of action arose. Milliken. A state can assert jurisdiction to dissolve a marriage if either spouse is domiciled there. 7. Weigh nerve center v. place of activity. Olson. See Subject Matter Jurisdiction flowchart. 8. Some are enumerated acts and some are coextensive with 14th Amendment. Most LAS are not D friendly. Usually must defeat by showing LAS is unconstitutional. Most allow PJ for tortious acts committed w/in the FSt and for tortious injury in the FSt caused by an act or omission outside of the FSt. Argue both. 9. Every state has one. PJ is only proper if falls within terms of LAS and jurisdiction is constitutional (Shoe test). 10. See Minimum Contacts Framework flowchart. No Is there a long-arm statute providing for jurisdiction?8,9 Yes Was D present in the FSt when process was served on him? No Are any of the following true? a) Consent through FSC?2 b) Consent through appointment of an agent?3 c) Consent through conduct in litigation?4 d) Nonresident motorist statute applies?5 e) D is domiciled in FSt?6 f) State of incorporation or principal place of business?7 No Does the long-arm statute provide for these contacts?8,9 Yes Is there a purposeful availment?10 Yes Satisfies “minimum contacts” analysis?10 Yes Is jurisdiction reasonable? a) Burden on the D (primary concern). b) Forum State's interest in adjudicating the dispute. c) P’s interest in obtaining convenient and effective relief. d) Interstate judicial system’s interest in obtaining the most efficient resolution of controversies. e) Shared interest of the several States in furthering fundamental substantive social policies. Yes Valid P.J. No No PJ. In Asahi, the S. Ct. found unreasonableness b/c: a) Unreasonable burden to defend on foreign soil. b) Forum does not have a reasonable interest in adjudicating a dispute between two foreign companies over an claim that arose from an action that took place in Taiwan c) P was not a resident of the FSt. d) Great care must be exercised when haling a foreign company into a US court No No PJ. Shoe. No No PJ; must be “purposeful availment.” Hanson. No Must be a long-arm statute that allows for assertion of PJ over non-resident Ds. Yes Valid P.J. Yes Valid PJ even for transient presence and regardless of purpose. Burnham. No Must be a long-arm statute that allows for assertion of PJ over non-resident Ds.

Does the D own property in FSt?

No in rem or QIR jurisdiction. Is there an attachment statute? Yes Could get in rem or QIR jurisdiction; go to minimum contacts analysis.


The D argued that this assertion of QIR jurisdiction violated their DPC rights b/c they had no other contacts with Delaware. McGee – Insurance K.. court held manufacturer subject to GJ in Illinois. • Manufacturer’s sales in products worth $250 mm over 5 years to independent Texas dealers not sufficient for GJ in Texas.g. Ct..g. Not reasonable Summary: Majority of S. Therefore. no GJ. No PJ Kulko – Domestic Relations. b) Are the D’s conduct and connection with the FSt such that he should reasonably anticipate being haled to court there? c) Did D deliberately engage in significant activities within the FS or has he created continuing obligations between himself and resident of the FSt? Related/Arises Valid PJ = continuous and systematic activities in FSt + cause of action is related to that activity E. obligation to pay unemployment taxes arose from the contacts. Inc. Continuous & Systematic Activity Sporadic. no just be “related to” it. Single act Summary: S. Helicopteros – In-state purchase. S. Hess – Non-resident motorist statute. Continuous obligations Summary: S. cited it as a factor. Braband. No precedential value. Argue other opinions. dealer was required to perform warranty work on all of manufacturer’s products and to make records and facilities available for manufacturer’s inspection. Helicopteros (no PJ). Casual Or Single Act Probably PJ = sporadic activity or single act in FSt + No PJ = Sporadic or casual activity of D in FSt + cause of action arises out of that activity or act cause of action is not related to that activity Specific Jurisdiction? Usually enough but still E. see list of other cases No No PJ General Jurisdiction Cases • D has 17 to 21 employees in the forum and annual sales there of $9 to $13 mm. Asahi – Sales into FSt. Even though these were his only contacts. Also not reasonable Summary: P brought a derivative shareholders’ suit by attaching the stock of nonresident directors. Ct. Hanson must be purposeful availment and claim must “arise out of” the contact. claiming they wrote a defamatory article about her. It was not sufficient the Ds might derive revenue and benefit from the fact that the cars are mobile and thus could be used in OK. E. Ct. Follette. ruled no PJ b/c there was no purposeful act and no economic benefit.” Keeton. brought suit in NH solely b/c of long statute of limitations.g. Calder – Libel. Hayes. adjudicated interests in people. WWV – Products liability. sold $35 mm of products throughout U. When would a FSt want to assert PJ in this situation? Look at LAS. Ct. Actions from outside the state that has foreseeable tortious effects inside the state can be a basis for asserting jurisdiction. The brief presence of the D’s employees in Texas for the purpose of attending the training sessions is not enough either. S. citizen of NY. No purposeful availment Summary: Divorced father sent children to go live w/ the mother in Calif. Jurisdiction is based on the “effects” of their Florida conduct in California. Left up to the FSt. Keeton – Libel. which is the minimum contacts test of Shoe and its progeny. M brought in personam suit against F for child support. Ct. • Noting that sales in NH of 10k to 15k copies per month of a magazine “may not be so substantial as to support jurisdiction over a cause of action unrelated to those activities. advertising in the FS. Ct. Ct. Tortious out-of-state conduct Summary: P. and made no effort to limit distribution to particular states. notions of tradition and b/c he was not an absentee D. thus invoking the benefit and protection of its laws. Ct. struck down jurisdiction and ruled that all actions. D agreed to choice-of-law provision. Bryant. D benefited economically from such acts. Ct. The company’s PPB was in Arizona. he swung by Ms. Even if these purchases happened at regular intervals.Minimum Contacts Framework Was there a purposeful availment? a) Were the contacts the result of the unilateral activity of the P? It is essential that there be some act by which the D purposefully avails himself of the privilege of conducting activities within the FSt. establishing channels for providing regular advice in the FS. Bearry. they are not enough if the cause of action is not related to these transactions.. • Finding GJ where D leased an office and employed sales agents and clerical staff. Shoe Yes Not Related Probably no PJ = continuous and systematic activities in FSt + cause of action is not related to that activity General Jurisdiction? Contacts must be substantial or domiciled. courts found GJ in NC. sustained a state’s assertion of jurisdiction over a nonresident D whose only contacts with the state were its issuance of an insurance policy sued upon to a state resident and its receipt of policy premium payments from that resident. No purposeful availment . S. Ct. The Ds should anticipate being haled into court there. upheld jurisdiction b/c the harm was suffered in FSt. No general jurisdiction Summary: S. Burnham – Divorce. felt there were minimum contacts. Implied consent Hanson – Trust. persuaded the Court to rule that “tag” jurisdiction was permissible. No precedential value. P alleged article defamed her in NH. Nichols. During a three-day stay in California while on business. • Finding no GJ over Wal-Mart in Texas despite D’s operating 264 large stores. are not a sufficient basis for a FS’s assertion of PJ. Article was published nationwide. ruled that purchases and related trips standing alone. The S. both citizens of Fla. ruled contacts (salesmen based in the state) were systematic and continuous and resulted in a large volume of interstate business for the D. which require litigation in Fla. Helicopteros (no PJ b/c claim was “related to” but do not “arise out of” the contact) Valid PJ Shoe – Retailer. in connection w/ the article and it was produced in Fla. QIR type 2. McGee. Subsequently.g.. S. looked at the entire contractual relationship. • Manufacturer sold products in Illinois through independent dealer and sponsored sales promotions in Illinois. ruled no valid PJ over NY auto retailer and regional distributor b/c neither of those Ds had purposefully attempted to serve the OK market. marketing the product through a distributor who has agreed to serve as the sales agent in the FSt. along with the terms of the K and the parties’ actual course of dealings. Also. there was no additional conduct such as designing the product for the market in the FS. upheld b/c cause of action arose out of the contacts and the FSt had interest in cooperating w/ other states to provide forum for litigation in unitary proceedings Shaffer – Attachment of intangible property. Ct. • Finding GJ over foreign airline which maintained one and a half room office and employed several people. [Intentional] Tortious out-of-state conduct Summary: P brought suit against a writer and editor. • Hong Kong Corp. Make sure to argue concurring opinions. Burnham's residence to visit his children. Burger King – K. Systematic and continuous acts Summary: S. upheld. she subsequently filed for divorce in California. S. No purposeful availment Summary: S. Ct.S. but not dispositive. including in-rem and QIR ones. Transient presence Summary: A husband filed for divorce in New Jersey.. The situs of the stock was deemed to be in Delaware (SOI). D put goods into the stream of commerce with the knowledge that they were regularly sold in the FSt. E. However. Must look at the prior negotiations and contemplated future consequences. Still must pass two-prong test of DPC. The unilateral activity of the P in driving to OK could not be used assert PJ—it was the D’s conduct that was crucial. The Ds had never visited Calif. the same test used for in personam jurisdiction must be used for in rem or QIR jurisdiction. Bankhead Enterprises.

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