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Civil Procedure Keyed to Glannon
Burger King Corp. v. Rudzewicz
Citation:471 US 462
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Burger King (a Florida corporation) sued Rudzewicz, a Michigan franchisee, for breach of the franchise agreement. The lawsuit was brought in federal district court in Florida (based on diversity of citizenship), with jurisdiction based on Florida’s long arm statute. (For causes of action arising from a breach of contract, Florida’s long arm statute extended jurisdiction over any person who breached a contract in the state by failing to perform acts required by the contract to be performed in the state). The federal district upheld its jurisdiction over Rudzewicz; the Court of Appeals found that personal jurisdiction was lacking.
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