In a recently published Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) Quarterly article, partner Janette Forman discussed the significance of Mallory v. Norfolk and how it has expanded the choice of states in which corporations may be sued.
In the article titled “Expansion of Corporate Personal Jurisdiction – The United States Supreme Court’s Decision in Mallory,” Janette and Hannah Russell, former Foran Glennon 2023 summer associate, explained that the ruling subjects businesses to general jurisdiction in states in which there is a registered agent – regardless of the company’s extent of connection with that state. This imparts additional risks as businesses can now be sued even if the corporation:
- Is not incorporated in that state
- Does not have its principal place of business in that state
- The conduct forming the basis of the lawsuit did not occur in that state
The article also explores the facts of Mallory, the Supreme Court’s analysis of Pennsylvania’s long-arm statute and Mallory’s potential influence in Illinois.
To read the full article, click here.
Janette is a member of the Illinois Defense Counsel and represents London, Bermuda and domestic insurers and reinsurers in complex insurance coverage disputes concerning various types of claims, including general liability, environmental contamination, construction defect, product liability and toxic tort matters.