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Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet


National Constitution Conferences

Topic: Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 12:45 pm – 2pm

As the Internet becomes an indispensable part of doing business courts around the country continue to grapple with personal jurisdiction issues involving electronic contacts.  How can you protect your clients when they risk having to defend themselves in far-off, unexpected jurisdictions? Join us for this 60-minute webinar where you and your colleagues will discover:

  • When Internet activity constitutes the necessary "minimum contacts"
  • Implications for copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement
  • Risks to consider when using websites, emails and instant messages
  • Cloud computing & search engines: the next frontier of personal jurisdiction?
  • Essential website-related cases that determine personal jurisdiction


Robert Friedman is a partner in the Business Trial and White Collar practice groups at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton in New York; He is also head of the New York office's Business Trial practice group.

Program Benefits:

The law becomes increasingly murky when considering personal jurisdiction issues involving interactive websites and electronic contacts such as email and instant messaging. Join us for this practical 60-minute webinar where we will untangle the latest interpretations of personal jurisdiction and the Internet.

Program Highlights:

Personal Jurisdiction on the Internet: Issues and Answers

  • Application of minimum contact standards to e-contacts
  • Latest applications of the "sliding scale" for the evaluation of Internet contacts
  • Key considerations when factoring in online terms of service

Enforcement of Judgments: What Constitutes Minimum Contact?

  • How does International Shoe v Washington apply to the Internet Age?
  • Interactive vs. passive distinction: How it affects personal jurisdiction
  • Stay clear on issues of emails, instant messages, phones and faxes
  • Concerns for addressing copyright and trademark infringement

The New Frontier of Personal Jurisdiction: Email, Cloud Computing, E-Messaging

  • Impact of soliciting future business on personal jurisdiction
  • How have the courts applied the minimum contacts standard to defamation?
  • Personal jurisdiction in the Clouds: Social networking and file sharing sites
  • Treatment of personal jurisdiction standards in Internet tort cases

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