Hawaii Employment Law Cases May 28, 2017 to June 3, 2017 – Jeffrey S. Harris

U.S. Supreme Court

State Court does not have general personal jurisdiction over a corporation not incorporated in the state and not maintaining its principal business in the state.  The magnitude of the corporation’s in-state contacts gives no state general jurisdiction, if appraisal of the corporation’s contacts in their entirety does not render it at home in the state.  BNSF Ry. v. Tyrrell, 198 L.Ed. 2d 36, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 3395 (May 30, 2017).

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