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Civil Procedure Keyed to Glannon
Burdick v. Superior Court
Citation:233 Cal. App. 4th 8 (2015)
In 2012, Sanderson and Taylor (Plaintiffs) posted blog entries criticizing Nerium (Defendant), a skincare company, and one of its anti-aging products. Burdick (Defendant), the company’s corporate consultant, posted on his Facebook page alleging that the “blogging scorpion” uses multiple social security numbers and has been charged with domestic violence multiple times, among other things. Plaintiffs, California residents, filed suit against Burdick, an Illinois resident, and Nerium for defamation and other intentional torts. Burdick filed a motion to quashservice of summons based on lack of personal jurisdiction. Because Burdick is an Illinois resident with no significant connection to California, he argued that the California court could not exercise personal jurisdiction over him. The lower court denied the motion and Burdick filed a petition for peremptory writ of mandate/prohibition to challenge the lower court’s decision.
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