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U.S. Supreme Court Narrows The Scope of General Personal Jurisdiction

The United States Supreme Court has clarified its jurisprudence on general personal jurisdiction and held that a German manufacturer of luxury automobiles cannot be sued in California based on either its contacts with California or its American subsidiary's contacts for torts allegedly committed in Argentina against Argentinian citizens. The Court elaborated upon its opinion in Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown, 131 S.Ct. 2846 (2011), with respect to when a defendant is sufficiently "at home" in a jurisdiction that it may be subject to general personal jurisdiction. The Court rejected an argument that the Alien Tort Statute provided personal jurisdiction over the manufacturer.