The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Magill v. Ford Motor Co. on Monday, September 12, 2016.
Constitutional Law—Personal Jurisdiction—General Jurisdiction—Corporations and Business Organizations—Related or Affiliated Entities.
The Supreme Court issued a rule to show cause to review the trial court’s conclusion that defendant Ford Motor Company (Ford) is subject to general personal jurisdiction in Colorado and that venue was proper in Denver County. The Court concluded that, under Daimler A.G. v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), the record does not support a finding that Ford is “essentially at home” in Colorado. Therefore, Ford is not subject to general personal jurisdiction in Colorado. Because the trial court did not determine whether Ford was subject to specific jurisdiction, the Court did not reach that issue. The Court also held that maintaining a registered agent in the state does not convert a foreign corporation to a resident. Because none of the parties reside in Denver and the accident did not occur there, venue was not appropriate in Denver County.
Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.