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In a potentially far-reaching ruling which diverted from those made in recent years at both state and federal levels, a judge declared that the requirement for out-of-state corporations to register in Pennsylvania and thus consent to general jurisdiction within it, is both “a statutory scheme” and “unconstitutional.”

On June 6, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Eduardo C. Robreno authored the ruling, which defies decisions reached in Pennsylvania state and federal courts, and stands in accordance with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Daimler AG v. Baumanfrom 2014.

In that case, the Supreme Court held that, barring extraordinary circumstances, levying of general jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant would only apply if the corporation in question was “at home,” meaning where it was incorporated or maintained its principal place of business.

Source: Federal judge says Pennsylvania’s jurisdiction requirements are ‘unconstitutional’ | Pennsylvania Record