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Civil Procedure Keyed to Hazard
International Shoe Co. v. Washington
Citation:326 U.S. 310, 66 S.Ct. 154, 90 L.Ed. 95 (1945)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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The state of Washington (Respondent) brought suit in Washington against International Shoe, Co. (Appellant), a Delaware company with its principal place of business in Missouri, for failure to pay contributions to the state unemployment compensation fund. Appellant’s salesperson in Washington was personally served and Appellant was served by mail in Missouri. Appellant moved to set aside the notice of the lawsuit, arguing that the service violated due process and Respondent lacked in personam jurisdiction because Appellant did not have an office conducting business in Washington. However, Appellant did employ eleven to thirteen salespersons over the years who resided in the state, were compensated by sales commissions in the state, and occasionally rented out showrooms in the state to display samples shoes.
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