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General Jurisdiction After Daimler AG v. Bauman

The Supreme Court's recent decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman announced a sweeping change to the law of personal jurisdiction. The Court held that a corporate defendant is subject to general personal jurisdiction only where the corporation may fairly be "regarded as at home."

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The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), announced a sweeping change to the law of personal jurisdiction. The Daimler Court held that a corporate defendant is subject to general personal jurisdiction ‘ jurisdiction over suits unrelated to the defendant’s contacts with the forum ‘ only where the corporation may fairly be “regarded as at home,” which is generally limited to the defendant’s state of incorporation and the state where it has its principal place of business. Id. at 760-61 & n.19. In announcing this strict standard, the Daimler Court rejected the rule, long applied by many lower courts, permitting the exercise of general jurisdiction in any forum where a corporate defendant maintained an office or was otherwise “doing business.” Id. at 761-62 & n.20.

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