Personal Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court issued decisions today in two much-anticipated cases on personal jurisdiction:

J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro (09-1343)

 

Does a “new reality” of “a contemporary international economy” permit a state to exercise, consonant with due process under the United States Constitution, in personam jurisdiction over a foreign manufacturer pursuant to the stream-of-commerce theory solely because the manufacturer targets the United States market for the sale of its product and the product is purchased by a forum state consumer?

Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown (10-76)

Whether a foreign corporation is subject to general personal jurisdiction, on causes of action not arising out of or related to any contacts between it and the forum state, merely because other entities distribute in the forum state products placed in the stream of commerce by the defendant

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