CORPORATE LAW AND THE REACH OF COURTS.

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Abstract

Large businesses are often organized into a complicated web of interrelated corporations. Yet in many areas of U.S. law, jurisdictional and substantive rules focus only on the single entity, creating a mismatch between legal doctrine and the organization of business into corporate groups or conglomerates. Drawing on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, this Article considers one aspect of this problem: the extent to which a subsidiary's contacts "count" as those of the corporate parent for court jurisdiction. Courts, litigants, and commentators often look to corporate law for part of the answer. During oral argument in Daimler AG v. Bauman, Justice Breyer went so far as to say that he saw the relevant contacts "through the lens of corporate law." This Article makes the case for a very limited role for corporate law in determining the reach of courts.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-712
Number of pages20
JournalLewis & Clark Law Review
Volume19
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • BREYER, Stephen G., 1938- -- Political & social views
  • UNITED States. Constitution
  • CORPORATION law
  • JURISDICTION -- United States
  • COURTS -- United States
  • JUDGE-made law
  • DUE process of law
  • UNITED States
  • CASES
  • DAIMLER AG v. Bauman (Supreme Court case)

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