Thursday, March 15, 2007
Click the link at the bottom of this post to listen to this week's installment of the Thursday interview. This week's interview is with Linda Sandstrom Simard of Suffolk University Law School about her article Meeting Expectations: Two Profiles for Specific Jurisdiction. The Indiana Law Review published the article in 2005, but it came to our attention when it was recently posted on SSRN. In the article, Prof. Simard proposes a new approach to the specific jurisdiction relatedness requirement. Here's the abstract:
Personal jurisdiction doctrine is based upon the notion that the exercise of authority over a defendant is fair if the defendant has the ability to predict and control its jurisdictional exposure. Yet, the Supreme Court has neglected to clearly define the criteria by which courts are to define the scope of either general or specific personal jurisdiction, leading to a blurring of the concepts and disagreement among courts and scholars as to the appropriate contours of both types of jurisdiction. This Article focuses on defining the scope of specific jurisdiction to accurately reflect the purpose of the doctrine and suggests that it is a mistake to assume that all assertions of specific jurisdiction may be defined according to a single set of criteria. Rather, the purpose of specific jurisdiction is best achieved by creating two profiles of specific jurisdiction, episodic specific jurisdiction and systematic specific jurisdiction. These profiles would share the basic characteristics of specific jurisdiction (conferring limited jurisdictional authority) while also recognizing that the scope of specific jurisdiction should depend upon whether the defendant expects its forum conduct to be of a finite nature (which would confer a narrower scope of specific jurisdiction) or whether the defendant intends to create an ongoing, systematic relationship with the forum (which would create a broader scope of specific jurisdiction, but one that is still less expansive than general jurisdiction).
Thanks to Prof. Simard for a great interview.