PERSONAL JURISDICTION FOR EBAY SELLERS

Courts faced with the question of personal jurisdiction involving eBay transactions have consistently held that the typical online auction process, in and of itself, is insufficient to confer specific personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant. In some cases, where sellers’ eBay postings are part of a broader e-commerce activity, the sellers may be subject to personal jurisdiction.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How is the “sliding scale test” used to determine whether there has been purposeful availment for a specific jurisdiction?
What is the “effects” doctrine?
What is an example of a case where a Federal court exercised personal jurisdiction over out-of-state eBay seller?

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