Personal jurisdiction

Law Firm’s Plagiarized Website Subject to Expanded Jurisdiction

August 10th 2009

A 50-person law firm with a national practice in asbestos litigation found that the text of its Elder Law website was copied verbatim as the basis for a new site for a firm in another part of the state.  The plaintiff firm, Brayton Purcell, filed suit claiming copyright infringement, false advertising, unfair competition and misappropriation. […]

Online Tax Drives New Complexity and Costs: Havens Remain

August 25th 2008

As state real estate and income tax collections head downward, tax collectors have turned their gaze toward online commerce. At the same time, a few states are emerging as havens from taxation. New York Goes After Affiliate Marketers with the Amazon Tax New York implemented the so-called Amazon tax. It seeks to change the common […]

New York Requires Online Stores to Start Collecting Sales Tax

June 2nd 2008

As reported back in November, the State of New York is now requiring e-commerce sites “doing business in the state” to collect sales tax. New Yorkers were previously required to pay sales tax, but previous court rulings had exempted out of state sites from being required to collect that tax, unless they had sufficient manpower […]

How English Defamation Suits Cool US Free Speech

May 20th 2008

Floyd Abrams published an Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal describing how plaintiffs seeking to suppress protected speech in the US are gaining libel judgements in England. Rachel Ehrenfeld’s book Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Funded and How to Stop It, had sold only 23 copies in England. But that was enough for a UK […]

Chicago Architecture Foundation Case Uses Pay Per Click Ads to Establish Jurisdiction

November 6th 2007

The Case: Domain Magic LLC, a Florida-based company, registered the domain They developed a website about Chicago-area attractions, then passively generated revenue through Google AdWords.  The Chicago Architecture Foundation sued for trademark infringement in Illinois. Domain Magic filed a motion to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction, noting they had not conducted […]