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02.20.2020   |   Articles / Publications

Appellate Issues: “Personal Perspectives on Personal Jurisdiction”

Birmingham-based Partner, Devin C. Dolive, published an article for the Council of Appellate Lawyers’ 2020 Winter Edition of Appellate Issues. The article is titled, “Personal Perspectives on Personal Jurisdiction.”

”Those who, like me, graduated law school before 2014 sometimes feel as if they have to forget everything and re-learn personal jurisdiction from scratch. This is because 2014 saw the Supreme Court decide two seminal cases on point: Daimler AG v. Bauman, 571 U.S. 117 (2014), and Walden v. Fiore, 571 U.S. 277 (2014). The Daimler case taught us that “general personal jurisdiction” operates much more narrowly than many of us had thought, and Walden had a similar effect on our understandings of “specific personal jurisdiction.” Since then, the Supreme Court has continued to weigh-in on personal jurisdiction issues, deciding BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, 137 S. Ct. 1549 (2017), and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017). How are attorneys and lower court judges supposed to keep up with all of the changes on a topic as fundamental as personal jurisdiction?”

Read the entire article, “Personal Perspectives on Personal Jurisdiction” written by Devin Dolive, on the American Bar Association’s website.

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