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One-hour lunchtime CLE

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018
12-1 pm
Where: DeWitt
2100 AT&T Tower, 901 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States
Presenter: Kristi Brownson and Lindsey A. Streicher, Brownson Norby PLLC
Contact: Elizabeth Sorenson Brotten

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Topic: Personal Jurisdiction Defenses in Product Liability Litigation

Perhaps you thought your Civ Pro final would be the last time you need consider minimum contacts, purposeful availment, and all the other fun “buzzwords” associated with PERSONAL JURISDICTION—think again. In recent years, the Supreme Court has revisited the issue of personal jurisdiction, clarifying both the concepts of general jurisdiction and specific jurisdiction. However, some state courts are reluctant to apply the Supreme Court’s analysis and relinquish their jurisdiction over particular matters. This presentation will provide an overview of both Daimler (general jurisdiction) and   Bristol-Myers (specific jurisdiction), two major decisions that have narrowed the scope of personal jurisdiction over non-resident corporate defendants. It will further address how these decisions have influenced state court determinations on personal jurisdiction, chiefly, in “plaintiff friendly” jurisdictions that have been otherwise all too willing to exercise personal jurisdiction over defendants without sufficient contacts. Finally, the presentation will address those areas of analysis left untouched by the Supreme Court, including waiver, consent by registration to do business, and the relevance—if any—of stale contacts, particularly in light of a recent victory in the Minnesota Federal Court.

This presentation is a must attend for those representing corporate clients, because jurisdictional motions are the first line of defense against forum shopping plaintiffs.

Speakers: Kristi Brownson and Lindsey A. Streicher, Brownson Norby PLLC

Kristi Brownson’s practice is civil litigation, which an emphasis on insurance coverage, North Dakota litigation, asbestos defense, asbestos bankruptcy management and consulting, professional liability, and toxic tort and environmental litigation.  For over 20 years, Kristi has been continuously involved in asbestos personal injury litigation, where she has succeeded on motions to dismiss based on lack of personal jurisdiction. 

Lindsey Streicher’s practice focuses on regulatory law, keeping industry clients compliant with ever-changing rules and regulations.  She also works with corporations and insurance companies on litigation regarding insurance coverage, product liability, and asbestos defense. 

CLE credit has been applied for.

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