Mark Eisen of Benesch writes:
It is no secret that there are certain jurisdictions that plaintiffs’ class action attorneys prefer to file suit, most notably, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York, to name a few. While plaintiffs’ lawyers may have countless clients in those jurisdictions, rarely is the defendant they are pursuing physically resident in those jurisdictions. In order to satisfy the personal jurisdiction requirements then, plaintiffs’ lawyers thus have to rely on specific jurisdiction—jurisdiction that arises out of the defendant’s suit-related contacts with the forum—not general jurisdiction—jurisdiction that exists (with limited exception) only in those forums where the defendant is incorporated or headquartered.
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