Finding Jurisdiction Over Foreign Defendants — Online

Law360, New York (May 21, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT) -- For over 50 years, courts in states of the United States have asserted jurisdiction over foreign corporate defendants who are not residents of the state, thereby compelling them to defend lawsuits brought against them at the risk of having a default judgment entered for failure to appear.

In 1945, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision held that jurisdiction over a defendant can be asserted when the defendant has certain “minimum contacts” with the state “such that the maintenance of the suit does not offend traditional notions...
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