Personal Jurisdiction Over Nonresident Corporations After Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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This CLE course will discuss the issue of personal jurisdiction over nonresident corporate defendants in light of the Supreme Court's unanimous decisions in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct. and Ford Motor Co. v. Bandemer. The program will review the progression of the Court's prior decisions on nonresident jurisdiction, as well as any lower court decisions issued since the Ford rulings. The program will discuss crucial unresolved legal issues and expected litigation tactics by plaintiffs.


The Supreme Court's recent and widely anticipated decisions in the Ford cases clarify the type of connections that must exist between a plaintiff's claims and a defendant's activities for the forum state to maintain specific jurisdiction over the defendant.

In Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Ct. (BMS) and BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, the Court held that jurisdiction must be grounded in the Fourteenth Amendment federalism. In the Ford decisions, the Court affirmed that those principles are the same ones underpinning earlier decisions in World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. and International Shoe.

The Ford decisions answered some, but not all, of the questions left open by BMS and BNSF and signal defendants that cases of obvious forum shopping will not dictate the rules for all matters.

Listen as our panel of litigators analyzes personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants after the Ford decisions. The program will discuss prior rulings by the Supreme Court on corporate jurisdiction, review what issues may have been resolved and those that remain unresolved, and best practices for nonresident defendants.



  1. Historic principles of general and specific jurisdiction before 2011
  2. Daimler AG v. Bauman (2014)
  3. Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Ct. and BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell
  4. Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct. and Ford Motor Co. v. Bandemer
  5. Unresolved legal issues


The panel will review these and other important issues:

  • What are the implications of Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct. and Ford Motor Co. v. Bandemer for litigation proceedings in states where the defendant is not subject to general jurisdiction?
  • Does the Fifth Amendment similarly restrict personal jurisdiction by a federal court that the Fourteenth Amendment imposes on state courts?
  • How will plaintiffs and defendants adjust their litigation strategies in response to the Ford decisions?
  • What about personal jurisdiction over out-of-state class members now that several circuit courts have weighed in on the issue?
  • Will "tag, you're served" still work after the Ford cases?
  • Do “relate to” and “arise out of” overlap, or is each a separate basis for specific jurisdiction?


Riley, Jennifer
Jennifer A. Riley

Seyfarth Shaw

Ms. Riley practices in the employment litigation area, with a particular emphasis on complex collective and class...  |  Read More

Sklaren, Cary
Cary Stewart Sklaren

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis

Sklaren is a litigation strategist and tactician, litigation manager, and trial lawyer, with high profile products...  |  Read More

Weiss, Aaron
Aaron S. Weiss

Carlton Fields

Mr. Weiss maintains a national litigation practice focused on telecommunications law, class actions and consumer...  |  Read More

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