On June 12, I will be serving a speaker for a webinar hosted by Stafford Publishing entitled “Personal Jurisdiction From E-Communications: Social Media, Websites, Email, IM and Cloud Computing.” Here is what we will be discussing:

The Internet has changed how courts view personal jurisdiction over defendants sued in a particular forum. Courts must now wrestle with personal jurisdiction issues involving electronic contacts using social media, company websites, emails and instant messaging (e-contacts).

As a general rule, passive websites create no personal jurisdiction. Active sales websites can establish jurisdiction unless sales are de minimus. These cases are extremely fact specific, grey areas abound, and standards evolve as the law struggles to keep up with new generation technology.

For torts such as defamation or trademark infringement, personal jurisdiction can be found even without sales in the jurisdiction. Courts have only begun to address the difficult issues with cloud computing—shared files, off-site data centers and complicated methods to increase Internet traffic.

We will review these and other key questions:

• What types of Internet presence constitute minimum contacts to confer personal jurisdiction?

• How have the courts applied the minimum contacts standards to defamation and trademark infringement cases?

• Are cloud computing and search engine optimization setting the stage for the next battleground over personal jurisdiction?

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