BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell

Montana cannot exercise general jurisdiction over a defendant railroad that is incorporated and has a principal place of business in another state, and so cannot adjudicate claims against the railroad arising from transactions or events outside Montana, even though the railroad maintains 2,000 miles of track and has 2,000 employees in Montana.  Although BNSF Railway…

Williams v. Yamaha Motor Co.

Although a subsidiary’s contacts cannot by themselves give rise to general personal jurisdiction over the parent company under an agency theory, the subsidiary’s contacts might suffice if parent and subsidiary were alter egos; but in this case, plaintiffs did not allege facts supporting an alter ego relationship, so personal jurisdiction did not attach.  Plaintiffs sued…

Strasner v. Touchstone Wireless Repair & Logistics, LP

In a suit by a California resident against a Texas company that refurbished cellphones, the state of California lacked personal jurisdiction over the defendant because, although the Texas company was owned by a California corporation with overlapping executive personnel, there was insufficient evidence that the Texas company was the California parent’s agent or that it…

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court

Defendant corporation was subject to specific (though not general) personal jurisdiction in California, since it was not necessary for the plaintiffs to be California residents or to have claims that arise directly out of defendants’ California-related activities in order for their claims to “arise out of or be related to” the defendant’s forum-directed activities.  While…

ViaView, Inc. v. Retzlaff

Defendant’s concurrent filing of an Anti-SLAPP motion with his motion to quash service of summons for lack of personal jurisdiction does not constitute a general appearance waiving the jurisdictional argument.  Under the post-2002 version of CCP 418.10(e), so long as the defendant files a timely motion to quash the service of summons for lack of…