Illinois Supreme Court Limits Personal Jurisdiction Over Corporations
The Illinois Supreme Court issued an opinion that limits general personal jurisdiction over corporations. This welcome news to defendants in Illinois asbestos litigation, who find themselves named in suits in Cook, Madison and St. Clair counties that have no relation to corporations that are incorporated and headquartered out of state, facing claims in Illinois where the alleged tort didn’t occur there.In Aspen American Insurance Company v. Interstate Warehousing, Inc. the Illinois Supreme Court held that a corporation must be incorporated in Illinois, have its principal place of business in Illinois, or have contacts with Illinois that are “so substantial and of such a nature as to render the corporation at home in Illinois” for an Illinois court to have general personal jurisdiction. Even though Interstate Warehousing was a registered foreign corporation in Illinois and its contacts with the state had “been continuous and systematic for over twenty-five years,” while doing business through a warehouse in Joliet, the Court said this was insufficient to confer personal jurisdiction. A copy of the opinion is available here. If you need assistance in seeking dismissal of similar claims, contact us for assistance.