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DOJ, business groups urge SCOTUS to restrict venue for suits against corporations

The U.S. Department of Justice Building is pictured, in Washington, U.S., December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

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(Reuters) – In a flurry of friend-of-the court briefs filed late last week in a case that could dramatically expand jurisdiction for suits against corporations, the U.S. Department of Justice, eight state attorneys general and a bevy of business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned the U.S. Supreme Court not to ditch modern precedent that limits where plaintiffs can sue businesses.

Otherwise, wrote DOJ Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar – who also requested to present oral argument when the justices hear the case in November – federalism and even international comity will be undermined by states that attempt to exercise general jurisdiction over corporations merely by dint of companies’ registration to conduct…

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