Despite their repeated efforts to provide guidance to lower courts, the Justices once again find themselves in a familiar position: attempting to clarify the constitutional limits on courts’ power to exercise personal jurisdiction over defendants. The Supreme Court’s docket has seen a steady stream of personal jurisdiction cases in recent years. But the lower courts just can’t seem to get it right. This time, the Court is considering the limits of specific personal jurisdiction in a pair of consolidated cases involving Ford Motor Company.
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