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Hanson v. Denckla

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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell

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Citation. 357 U.S. 235, 78 S. Ct. 1228, 2 L. Ed. 2d 1283, 1958 U.S. 752

Brief Fact Summary. Plaintiff Donner had established a trust in Delaware and later moved to Florida where she died. Following her death, a family fight arose over whether Florida or Delaware courts had jurisdiction over the trust assets.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The unilateral activity of a Plaintiff who claims some relationship with a non-resident Defendant cannot satisfy the requirement of contact with the forum state.



Facts. Plaintiff had established a trust in Delaware and later moved to Florida where she died. Following her death, a family fight arose over whether Florida or Delaware courts had jurisdiction over the trust assets. The issue turned on whether Florida could acquire jurisdiction over the Delaware trustee. If Florida were found to have jurisdiction, one daughter received the entire state; if it did not all three daughters shared equally.

Issue. Whether a non-resident corporation with no offices nor any business transactions in a state is subject to jurisdiction in the state by virtue of a unilateral activity of a plaintiff having some relationship with the Defendant.

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