• Paul Peter Nicolai

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Business Registration as Consent to Personal Jurisdiction

Updated: Mar 28

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down Pennsylvania’s consent-by-registration law. That law said that an out-of-state business consented to general personal jurisdiction in Pennsylvania by registering to do business in the state. The question of the constitutionality of the consent-by-registration


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT. . . Pennsylvania’s law was unique. It said non-Pennsylvania corporations could not do business there until registering with the state. The law said Pennsylvania courts could exercise general personal jurisdiction over them when registering. The court said the consent-by-registration scheme palpably and plainly violates the US Constitution. As a result, out-of-state corporations can no longer be hauled into Pennsylvania courts solely because they are registered to business in the state.

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