California's View of 'Related to' Specific Jurisdiction

Scott Dodson

University of California Hastings College of the Law


California Litigation Review, 2017
UC Hastings Research Paper No. 234

Personal jurisdiction is a doctrine that describes the constitutional limits of a court’s adjudicatory authority over parties, especially parties located outside the state where the court sits. Under the famous Supreme Court case International Shoe Co. v. Washington, a state may assert personal jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant that has sufficient “minimum contacts” with the state when the contacts arise out of or are related to the cause of action. But what makes a contact “related to” the cause of action? The Supreme Court of California answered that question in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. The Superior Court of San Francisco County on August 29, 2016. This short paper, geared toward California practitioners, analyzes Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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Keywords: international shoe, personal jurisdiction, bristol-myers, california, minimum contacts

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Date posted: January 24, 2017 ; Last revised: February 10, 2017

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Dodson, Scott, California's View of 'Related to' Specific Jurisdiction (2017). California Litigation Review, 2017; UC Hastings Research Paper No. 234. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2902939

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