The Underappreciated Importance of Personal Jurisdiction in Delaware's Success
Eric A. Chiappinelli
Texas Tech University School of Law
December 3, 2013
DePaul Law Review, Forthcoming
The judges of the Delaware Court of Chancery are aggressively trying to stop stockholder/plaintiffs from filing corporate law cases outside of Delaware. Delaware believes that its position as the center of corporate litigation is in danger because cases are no longer filed exclusively there. If litigation continues to flow away from Delaware, it would jeopardize Delaware’s prominence in corporate law and the large revenues Delaware receives from out of state businesses that are incorporated there.
I argue that scholars and the Delaware judges underappreciate the vital importance of personal jurisdiction over corporate directors in Delaware’s quest to become and remain the center of corporate litigation. I show that Delaware’s dominance in litigation in large part stemmed from, and is now dependent upon, its unique system of personal jurisdiction.
None of Delaware’s attempts to stop cases from flowing out of Delaware will be enduringly successful without addressing the weaknesses in its current personal jurisdiction statute. I argue that Delaware should adopt a new statute that both will remedy the current flaws and will be effective in encouraging stockholder/plaintiffs to litigate in Delaware.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 60
Keywords: corporate, delaware, personal jurisdiction
JEL Classification: K22, K41Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 21, 2013 ; Last revised: December 3, 2013
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