Recent SCOTUS Decision Suggests You Can Be Sued in Any State

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A recent (and surprising) ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court may allow businesses to be sued in states where they have little connection. The Court ruled 5-4 to uphold a Pennsylvania law that requires a corporation to consent to the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania courts over them as a condition of registering to do business there.

Due Process

Under prior jurisdictional analysis, a corporation could be sued where a person is injured, where it is incorporated, or where it has its headquarters. The Pennsylvania statute added a “consent to be sued” requirement in its business registration statute.


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