1 year shows Ford decision did not change personal jurisdiction

By Matthew Goldberg, Timothy Pfenninger and Gregory Ferroni (April 28, 2022, 5:49 PM EDT) — In March 2021, the United States Supreme Court released its opinion in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court. The court held that the courts of Montana and Minnesota could exercise specific personal jurisdiction over Ford when it did not sell, design or manufacture plaintiffs’ vehicles in the forum states.[1]

Legal commentators have questioned whether the court’s decision would represent a reversal of course from more recent and arguably more restrictive case law on personal jurisdiction in cases such as Bristol-Myers Squibb.[2] This thought persisted immediately after the decision, despite Judge Elena Kagan’s note in the majority opinion that the decision only “proceded[s] like the Court…

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