Expansion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Suppliers

Law360, New York (October 16, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT) -- In July 2012, the Oregon Supreme Court expanded traditional notions of personal jurisdiction when it found that a Taiwanese component part manufacturer was subject to personal, or in personam, jurisdiction in Oregon despite having no direct contact with the state. See Willemsen v. Invacare Corp., 352 Or. 191, 282 P.3d 867 (Or. 2012).

The decision offers an expanded notion of the minimum contacts necessary to establish personal jurisdiction, and if the decision is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, then it will have significant ramifications for...
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