personal jurisdiction

Two cases decided by the Eighth Circuit in the latter half of 2011, Viasystems and KV Pharmaceutical, serve as a reminder that activities undertaken while negotiating and performing contracts can have a bearing on personal jurisdiction issues if the contracts are litigated.

Viasystems, Inc. v. EBM-Papst St. Georgen GmbH & Co., KG

In Viasystems, a corporation based in Missouri sued a foreign supplier for breach of contract, among other things. Viasystems sued in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the supplier moved to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. The trial court dismissed the case, and the Eighth Circuit affirmed on appeal.

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