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The need for personal jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant is fundamental in any litigation. Personal jurisdiction can be either “general” or “specific” and has been shaped by United States Supreme Court decisions, most recently Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct. This Briefing will address various factors that federal and State courts use to decide challenges to personal jurisdiction as well as other topics related to those challenges.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Short history of personal jurisdiction (10 minutes)
  • Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct. (15 minutes)
  • Two case studies (10 minutes)
  • When might jurisdictional discovery be appropriate and what it might look like? (10 minutes)
  • Is being registered enough? (5 minutes)
  • What is the effect of forum selection clauses? (5 minutes)
  • The difference between transfer of venue vs. dismissal? (5 minutes)




Hon. Stephanie Domitrovich, Judge, Erie County Court of Common Pleas

Ronald J. Hedges, Senior Counsel, Dentons US LLP

Hon. Samuel Anderson Thumma, Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One


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