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Specific Jurisdiction

Personal jurisdiction is the power of a court to require a person or entity to respond to a legal proceeding that may affect the person’s rights or interests. It is a due process requirement and very broadly means that if a court is to entertain a case involving an out of state defendant the defendant […]

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Forum Selection Clauses, Personal Jurisdiction

Personal jurisdiction is the authority of a court to render a judgment or decision about an individual or entity. For personal jurisdiction to exist, there must generally be some connection between a party and the state or forum rendering the judgment or decision.¬†In may contracts or agreements, there are provisions designating where litigation must occur […]

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Jurisdiction: Personal & Subject Matter

Jurisdiction is an issue really only attorneys, judges, and legislators seem to think about, even though it is of tremendous importance. What is it? Missouri Courts recognize two types of¬†jurisdiction: (1) subject matter jurisdiction and (2) personal jurisdiction. Subject matter jurisdiction is reasonably straightforward. It refers to a category of cases a particular court is […]

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Personal Jurisdiction: Non-Residents and Foreign Corporations

Personal jurisdiction(sometimes called in personam jurisdiction) refers to a court’s ability to bring a defendant into court and entertain litigation and enter a judgment. Say you and I both live in Missouri. A real estate dispute arises between us concerning property located in Saint Louis County. What happens if you file suit in Florida? Do […]

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