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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…

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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