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 On April 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a Dutch holding company’s suit in a New York federal court to enforce a foreign arbitration award against a corporate parent of a Turkish conglomerate had to be tossed out for lack of personal jurisdiction over the defendant.  Sonera Holdings B.V. v. Cukurova Holding A.S. (2nd Cir. April 25, 2014).  The district court earlier upheld jurisdiction.  Why did the circuit court reverse and order a dismissal?  Is this an important development?  Can we expect more refusals to adjudicate against foreign defendants on jurisdictional grounds?

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Michael Hoenig

Michael Hoenig is a member of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., of New York City, specializing in products liability and complex litigation. He has served as national, regional and local defense counsel for a number of foreign and domestic companies including all phases of product litigation; negotiations in complex or catastrophic injury cases; class actions; regulation matters; and preventive counseling. He heads major litigation groups engaged in product liability and class action defense from inception of claims through trials and appeals. For decades, Michael authored the “Products Liability” column, a regular feature of the New York Law Journal (“NYLJ”). Since June 2012, he writes the NYLJ’s monthly “Complex Litigation” column. He has been a Lecturer and Panelist in CLE programs for New York Judges on Judicial ‘Gatekeeping’ of Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony.

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