Registering In State Doesn’t Create General Jurisdiction, Delaware Top Court Says

(April 20, 2016, 11:49 AM EDT) -- WILMINGTON, Del. — Due process concerns require that state registration statutes not create general jurisdiction over a business, a divided Delaware Supreme Court held April 18 (Genuine Parts Co. v. Ralph Allan Cepec and Sandra Faye Cepec, No. 528, 2015, Del. Sup.).

(Opinion available. Document #01-160427-003Z.)

Ralph and Sandra Cepec filed suit in the New Castle County Superior Court in February 2015 against numerous companies whose conduct allegedly exposed him to asbestos.

Defendant Genuine Parts Co. moved for dismissal, arguing that registering to do business in...
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