Plaintiff brought suit against a multinational corporation and a number of individuals, some of whom reside in India. Indian individual defendants moved to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and/or forum non conveniens. Plaintiff cross-moved for jurisdictional discovery over the Indian individual defendants.
The court found that plaintiff made the "preliminary showing of jurisdiction" by making factual allegations of "reasonable particularity" that show the possible existence of the contacts between the defendants and the forum state.
This type of limited jurisdictional discovery was once rare, but increasingly becoming commonplace when foreign defendant is implicated. This means that counsel representing the defendant should be ready in the early part of the case to respond to discovery.
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