A Website's Not Enough For Missouri Specific Jurisdiction

By Brandan Mueller and Tierra Jones (January 30, 2019, 1:57 PM EST) -- On Nov. 20, 2018, in the case of State ex rel. PPG Industries Inc. v. McShane,[1] the Supreme Court of Missouri held that PPG's use of a passive website reachable by users in every state of the country was insufficient to establish specific personal jurisdiction in Missouri.

Factual and Procedural Background

The underlying case arises from a dispute between two contractors: Hilboldt Curtainwall Inc. and Finishing Dynamics LLC. Hilboldt, a Missouri corporation, agreed to supply certain materials for a construction project based in Missouri. Hilboldt was required to use a special coating on some of these materials. This coating was made...

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