4 Personal Jurisdiction Questions Defendants Should Ask

Law360 (May 13, 2020, 4:09 PM EDT) -- Companies may find themselves sued in surprising locations, as novel theories associated with the COVID-19 pandemic unfold. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's clear mandates restricting personal jurisdiction in Daimler AG v. Bauman and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, plaintiffs still "forum shop" for jurisdictions with weak procedural safeguards and low expert admissibility standards — the perfect breeding grounds for questionable claims.

Leveraging arguments that challenge the way courts have thought about personal jurisdiction for decades can help companies level the playing field, and escape lawsuits in plaintiffs' preferred forums. Below, we offer four questions to ask when you find yourself...

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