January 2014 – We have been closely following yesterday’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Daimler AG v. Bauman, which sharply limits the extent to which U.S. courts may exercise personal jurisdiction over foreign corporations in disputes arising from their activities outside the United States. Prior to this ruling, U.S. courts have often applied a more lenient test for personal jurisdiction in such cases. The breadth of the Court’s ruling has surprised many, and its likely effect will be to limit the exposure of foreign corporations with operations in the U.S. to claims arising from their non-U.S. activities.
For further analysis of the decision, please see our case memo.
If you would like further details about this decision, please contact Andreas Frischknecht.