Making of a Contract, Long-Arm Statute
Missouri can often (but not always) hear disputes about contracts made within Missouri. Section 506.500, RSMo. Specifically, Missouri’s “long-arm” statute permits the exercise of jurisdiction when the dispute relates to the “making of any contract within this state.” Id. The exercise of jurisdiction must also meet certain federal constitutional requirements.
When is a contract made within this state? “For purposes of the long-arm statute, a contract is made where acceptance occurs.” Casework, Inc. v. Hardwood Associates, Inc., 466 S.W.3d 622, 626 (Mo. Ct. App. 2015).