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The Delaware Supreme Court Limits the Reach of Jurisdiction Over Foreign Corporations

The Delaware Supreme Court recently issued an important opinion overruling its long-standing decision in Sternberg v. O’Neil, 550 A. 2d 1105 (1988) and holding that the Delaware registration statute does not provide a basis for asserting general personal jurisdiction over foreign corporations in Delaware. Genuine Parts Co. v. Cepec, No. 528, 2015 (Apr. 18, 2016). The Court held that a foreign corporation’s compliance with Delaware statutes requiring registration with the State and appointment of a Delaware registered agent prior to conducting business within Delaware does not alone subject the foreign entity to general jurisdiction in Delaware’s courts.

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