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Marc J. Gottridge and Lisa J. FriedMarc J. Gottridge and Lisa J. Fried ()

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), holding that the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause prohibits state courts from exercising general jurisdiction over a corporation—i.e., jurisdiction for claims unrelated to its contacts with the state—unless it is “essentially at home” there. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s opinion in Daimler established a bright-line rule: A corporation is “essentially at home” only where it is incorporated or has its principal place of business, absent “exceptional” circumstances.1 Daimler relegated to the scrap heap New York’s century-old Tauza v. Susquehanna Coal2 test for general jurisdiction: whether the foreign corporation’s contacts with New York were sufficiently continuous and systematic to support a judicial finding that it was “doing business” here.

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