minimum contacts

minimum contacts
min·i·mum contacts /'mi-nə-məm-/ n pl: the level of a nonresident defendant's connection with or activity in a state that is sufficient under due process to support the assertion of personal jurisdiction under a long-arm statute see also doing business statute, fair play and substantial justice; international shoe co. v. washington in the important cases section
◇ In most cases, minimum contacts are shown by continuous and purposeful contact with the state usu. for business purposes. Once the minimum contacts requirement is met, the court must determine that the contacts are sufficient so that the assertion of jurisdiction will not offend the traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

minimum contacts
The minimum level of contact with a forum state that a nonresident defendant must have to be subjected to personal jurisdiction in the courts of that state without offending due process of law; usually intentional business activity in the forum state is enough.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

minimum contacts
A legal requirement that for a lawsuit to go forward against a nonresident defendant of a given state, the defendant must have some connections with that state. For example, advertising or having business offices within a state may provide minimum contacts between a company and the state, even if the company is based elsewhere.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

minimum contacts
n. A defendant's activities within or affecting the state in which a lawsuit is brought, that are considered legally sufficient to support jurisdiction in that state's courts.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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