Transatlantic Disputes: Long-Arm Jurisdiction in Germany and the U.S.

In cross-borders disputes, claimants will often try bringing their case in their home courts, and conversely, defendants will challenge the jurisdiction of the courts in a country in which they are not resident/domiciled. Jurisdiction is an important strategic question to consider as the educational, legal and cultural background of the judge deciding a case can be crucial for the outcome. The question when courts may exercise "long-arm jurisdiction" over defendants domiciled outside the jurisdiction is therefore a controversial one. Two recent decisions of the German Federal Court (Anon. v. Standard & Poor's) and the U.S. Supreme Court (Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.) will have important implications in that domain. In Kiobel, the U.S ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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