QUOTE(GlassBeadGame @ Thu 19th April 2007, 7:10pm)
Civil Procedure Exam Question
Educational Use Only -- Not Legal Advice
It is often a hardship for a Plaintiffs to get an attorney and drag their butts down to Florida, to sue WP. My understanding is that subject matter jurisdiction is no problem (diversity and $50,000 or go to state court) and personal jurisdiction based on "minimum contacts" is probably everywhere for the 10th most popular web site in the world. The problem is one of venue. Jurisdiction where all plaintiff reside is no longer available for venue. Place where substantial events occur is hard to say in virtual land. This means Defendant's residence is the usual choice. But what if Admins where also named as Defendant's? They might not be subject to constitutionally required personal jurisdiction in Fla. (no minimum contacts). Their place of residence would be the best choice for venue. Does this mean that a Plaintiff could find a convenient forum by carefully choosing the right Admin co -defendants?
Now suppose you have been defamed, or that your privacy has been invaded. You need to ask a an admin to take certain actions. Block editors, protect the article, etc. Why just ask any admin? Why not select an admin from your desired forum? When traveling on vacations I hate to have work done on my car. If there is problem with the work its such a pain to get taken care of from a distance. Sometimes it is better to shop locally.