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Civil Procedure Keyed to Mueller
Burger King v. Rudzewicz
Citation:471 U.S. 462 (1985)
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Rudzewicz (Defendant) and MacShara jointly applied for a Burger King franchise in their home state of Michigan. Burger King Corporation (Plaintiff), headquartered in Florida, approved the 20-year franchise relationship after a long negotiation process between the parties. In this contract, Defendant obligated himself to payments of over $1 million to the Plaintiff’s headquarters in Florida and agreed to the terms of contract being governed by Florida law. When Defendant and MacShara fell behind on payments, Plaintiff brought a suit under Florida’s long-arm statute for breach of the franchise agreement. Defendant argued that the suit could not be brought in Florida for lack of personal jurisdiction.
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