June 2, 2016

Personal Jurisdiction For Foreign Corporations In Fla.

Rebecca M. Plasencia

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the law on a state's exercise of general personal jurisdiction over a nonresident corporation, disregarding the "continuous and systematic contacts" test as "unacceptably grasping" and explaining that a corporation is subject to general personal jurisdiction only in the state where the corporation can be deemed to be "at home." While severely restricting the use of general personal jurisdiction, the Supreme Court left one question open: whether a foreign corporation that has registered to do business within a state and appointed a registered agent for service of process automatically consents to general personal jurisdiction in that state. As is shown below, the law is still in flux on this issue.

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