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The power of Ninth Circuit district courts to decide lawsuits against foreign intentional tortfeasors, such as IP infringers, has waxed and waned — and, lately, waxed again. The question of personal jurisdiction often has turned on whether the defendant “expressly aimed” its misconduct at the forum. That term originated with the Supreme Court’s 1984 decision in Calder v. Jones, in which the Court held that the California courts had personal jurisdiction over two Floridian National Enquirer employees who defamed actress Shirley Jones, a Californian, as a drunkard. In a less influential companion case, Keeton v. Hustler Magazine, the Court held Read More »
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