A Narrow Products Liability Ruling or an Evisceration of Important Jurisdictional Distinctions?

In Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, the U.S. Supreme Court may have unintentionally blurred the long-standing legal distinction between specific and general personal jurisdiction, according to Partner Patrick Hammon in his article for the National Law Journal.

Patrick explains it is unclear whether the unanimous opinion was designed to eliminate a loophole that would have allowed defendants to avoid jurisdiction in a particular forum based on technicalities — or if it is “something broader designed to make it easier for plaintiffs to sue big companies in the states of their choosing.”

To read the full article, visit the National Law Journal.