Monday, July 11, 2011

Personal Jurisdiction and the "Stream of Commerce"

The North Carolina Business Litigation Report has a great post about two United States Supreme Court decisions issued late last month and addressing for the first time in decades the issue of personal jurisdiction.

In J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro and Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown, the Court turned its attention to the question of what constitutes "purposeful availment" sufficent to subject a foreign entity to the personal jurisdiction of a state.

The University of South Carolina Law Review is going to hold a symposium on October 13th and 14th to consider the impact of these two cases going forward. Details here.