In a bellwether opinion Tuesday, New York's highest court extended the state's traditionally elastic interpretation of its long-arm jurisdiction in commercial disputes to e-mails and instant messages. The court held that commercial entities' use of e-mail and instant messaging to "project themselves into New York to conduct business transactions" is covered by the long-arm provisions in the Civil Practice Law and Rules in the same way and for the same reasons that telephonic negotiations are covered.
N.Y. High Court Finds State Jurisdiction Reaches Electronic Messages
New York Law Journal
June 7, 2006