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Personal Jurisdiction And Defamation In The Internet Age

Law360, New York (April 8, 2015, 10:38 AM EDT) -- A California court of appeal recently decided that posting allegedly defamatory statements from Illinois on the Internet about a person living in California, without more, did not create “minimum contacts” for purposes of personal jurisdiction. In Burdick v. Superior Court (Sanderson),[1] a Texas skincare company, Nerium, initiated a “campaign of harassment” against two California scientists. The scientists’ website, barefacedtruth.com had published skeptical articles about Nerium products, provoking the company’s ire. Douglas Burdick, an Illinois-based consultant for Nerium, enthusiastically engaged in this campaign.

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