The Problem with General Jurisdiction

22 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2014

Date Written: January 17, 2001


This article examines the U.S. phenomenon of so-called "general jurisdiction." General jurisdiction involves unrelated activities of a corporation or business entity that are so pervasive that they subject the corporation to jurisdiction without regard to whether its activities are related to the claim. In two recent cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has seemingly contracted the boundaries of general jurisdiction. This article was cited in the Supreme Court's 2014 decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman finding that the presence in the forum of a subsidiary corporation did not subject it to jurisdiction.

Keywords: general jurisdiction, minimum contacts, Daimler AG

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Borchers, Patrick Joseph, The Problem with General Jurisdiction (January 17, 2001). University of Chicago Legal Forum, p. 119, 2001. Available at SSRN:

Patrick Joseph Borchers (Contact Author)

Creighton University School of Law ( email )

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