When attorney Patrick J. O’Connor of Cozen O’Connor took a vacation in Barbados with his wife in 2003 and seriously injured his shoulder when he slipped and fell in a shower after receiving a massage, he probably had no idea that his lawsuit against the resort would later result in a significant opinion from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that clarifies the law on personal jurisdiction.

The O’Connors’ suit against the Sandy Lane Hotel was dismissed by Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge J. Curtis Joyner, who found that the hotel’s “activities in Pennsylvania fall short of the standard required to establish personal jurisdiction.”

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