Ohio Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Claims for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

Earlier this month, Ohio's Second District Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of defamation and invasion of privacy claims for lack of personal jurisdiction in  James, et al. v. Hoffman, et al., 2018-Ohio-2422.*  The case is significant because it clarifies what activities, including online activities, are sufficient (or insufficient) to confer the requisite "minimum contacts" necessary to show a court has personal jurisdiction over defendants in a defamation lawsuit.


*Faruki lawyers Erin Rhinehart, Jeff Ireland, and Chris Hollon, among others, represented Defendants Sidley Austin LLP and Sidley Austin Partner David Hoffman.

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