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Editor: D. A. Jeremy Telman
Valparaiso Univ. Law School

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

It's a Small, Small World

New_york_flag_10 If you're a business negotiating a contract with someone in New York, keep in mind that if you use the telephone, e-mail, or instant messaging with them -- even in reply -- you're "projecting yourself" into New York and thus subjecting yourself to personal jurisdiction in the Empire State.  The New York Law Journal summarizes a recent decision to that effect by the New York Court of Appeals.  In the case, a Montana state agency that replied to an unsolicited e-mail by a New York bank offering to swap bonds found itself subject to jurisdiction in New York, despite a Montana statute providing for exclusive jurisdictions in Big Sky courts.

[Frank Snyder]

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