Justices May Clarify Personal Jurisdiction Online In Ford Suits

By Richard Beaulieu, Travis Gunn and Andrew Gann (November 10, 2020, 2:46 PM EST) -- Since the late 2000s, the U.S. Supreme Court has reframed the analysis for determining personal jurisdiction. Recent comments from the bench indicate that the court will soon address the role of the internet under that new framework.

This term, the court granted certiorari to resolve important personal jurisdiction questions in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court and Ford Motor Co. v. Bandemer. Neither of these cases is specifically about the role of the internet in establishing state contacts; instead, they focus on the question of when a suit arises out of or relates to the sales of a...

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