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December 15, 2023
CEB has my article “Specific Jurisdiction May Be Based on Past Contacts with Forum, Says 9th Circuit Panel over Judge VanDyke Dissent”

CEB DailyNews has published my article, “Specific Jurisdiction May Be Based on Past Contacts with Forum, Says 9th Circuit Panel over Judge VanDyke Dissent.” The article is about Impossible Foods Inc. v. Impossible X LLC, No. 21-16977 (9th Cir. Sep. 12, 2023), where the district court had ruled that, in a lawsuit involving trademark enforcement, […]

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October 10, 2023
The 9th Cir. “Reimagines” Diversity Jurisdiction

The one sure thing your law-school loans purchased is instant recall of the fact that “federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction.” But not as limited today as when you signed your promissory note. We discuss Impossible Foods Inc. v. Impossible X LLC, the recent 9th Circuit decision holding that specific jurisdiction over a defendant […]

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October 2, 2023
Specific Jurisdiction May Be Based on Past Contacts with Forum, Says 9th Circuit Panel over Judge VanDyke Dissent

If you set out to achieve the “impossible,” you are ambitious, but not alone. Impossible Foods, creator of the “Impossible Burger,” learned that another company, Impossible X, was also using the “Impossible” brand on some personal fitness and lifestyle websites, an Amazon platform, and a YouTube channel. But its sole owner-operator, Joel Runyon, lived in […]

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November 23, 2022
Personal Jurisdiction Unnecessary to Issue Judgment on an Out-of-State Judgment, New Published Case Holds

There are some interesting new postjudgment opportunities suggested in the published case of WV 23 Jumpstart, LLC v. Mynarcik (D3 Nov. 21, 2022) No. C095046. The court holds that an out-of-state money judgment may be domesticated in California, even though California lacks personal jurisdiction over the defendant. And then the domesticated judgment may be re-domesticated […]

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April 1, 2021
Out-of-State Litigant Did Not Waive Personal Jurisdiction, Family Court Order Reversed

There are a few curious turns in Marriage of Sellers (D2d6 Mar. 25, 2021) 2021 WL 1134891, No. B306844 (unpublished). While unpublished, it provides a good roadmap – with citable authority – to making a limited appearance without waiving jurisdictional challenges. And if one is inclined toward a cynical view about appellate courts' selective treatment of appealability issues as […]

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September 10, 2020
Cal Appellate News for Lawyers (Sept. 10, 2020)

TVA appellate attorney Tim Kowal publishes this weekly update of legal news for trial attorneys. You may subscribe by clicking here. Beware Appealing Questions of Law on a Preliminary Injunction: Does New Jersey's ban on large capacity magazines violate the Second Amendment?Third Circuit: We already decided that it does not when we denied the plaintiffs' […]

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