Monday, March 11, 2019

Mere Registration by a Business in Pennsylvania Sufficient to Establish Jurisdiction


In the case of Youse v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 18-3578 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 16, 2019 Baylson, J.), the court denied a Motion to Remand and denied a Motion to Dismiss filed by a Defendant on jurisdictional grounds.  

The court ruled that general jurisdiction by consent may be established where a Defendant’s only contact with Pennsylvania is the Defendant's registration within the state to do business.  

Judge Baylson noted that, until the United States Supreme Court or the Third Circuit Court of Appeals addresses the issues of general jurisdiction by consent or registration, he was bound by existing Third Circuit precedent to deny the motions at issue.  

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this case may click this LINK.

I send thanks to Attorney James M. Beck of the Philadelphia office of the Reed Smith law firm for bringing this case to my attention.  Attorney Beck is also the writer of the excellent Drug and Device Law blog.  


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