The Nationalization Of Personal Jurisdiction?

Law360, New York (June 29, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT) -- Personal jurisdiction is one of the first issues analyzed when a product liability complaint crosses our desk. Most states, while recognizing the policy of offering its citizens a venue for redress, use jurisdictional statutes as a means of keeping cases out so as to (1) ensure due process to out-of-state parties and (2) not to clog its docket with cases that ought to be adjudicated elsewhere.

Courts employ complex balancing tests focusing on, among other things, defendant's contacts with the state. Generally, a defendant without minimum...
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