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Petition of the day

The petition of the day is:

Disclosure: Vinson & Elkins LLP, whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel on an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in this case.

Issues: (1) Whether a defendant’s general business contacts or sporadic and involuntary contacts in the forum state that have no causal connection to the plaintiff’s cause of action can establish specific personal jurisdiction consistent with the due process clause; and (2) whether, under the “effects test” described in Calder v. Jones and Walden v. Fiore, the forum state must be the “focal point” of the alleged defamatory statements and the injury suffered, or whether the defendant’s more general efforts to “serve the market” are sufficient to establish specific jurisdiction.

Recommended Citation: Kate Howard, Petition of the day, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 26, 2016, 11:13 PM),