Supreme Court in Daimler AG v. Bauman Limits General Jurisdiction over Foreign Companies

Vol. 53 No. 3

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Stephen B. Kinnaird is a partner in Paul Hasting’s litigation practice and co-chair of appellate practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Charles A. Patrizia and Igor V. Timofeyev are both partners in the firm’s litigation practice in its Washington office. Sean D. Unger is a partner in the firm’s litigation department in its San Francisco office, and Ian A. Herbert is an associate in the firm’s litigation department in its Washington office.

Further narrowing the application of general jurisdiction over foreign corporations, the Supreme Court in Daimler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965 (January 14, 2014), limited the forums in which a foreign (or out-of-state) company may be sued for foreign conduct. The Court held that “all-purpose” or “general” personal jurisdiction—the ability to hear claims unrelated to the forum state—is only proper where the corporation is “at home.”

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