Jurisdiction and the Internet

Individuals and businesses sued in California courts often reside out-of-state. Jurisdiction in that circumstance can be challenged if so-called “minimum contacts” with California are lacking. As business and other transactions are increasingly accomplished in cyberspace over the Internet without physical contact with the state, the question of what activities amount to sufficient “minimum contacts” has become more complicated, and the courts are grappling with it in analyzing different factual settings in the new virtual reality. My article, “Jurisdiction and the Internet,” published in the October 2012 issue of California Lawyer (c), discusses this complex issue in detail.

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