The case of the day is Johns v. Van Brunt Motors (N.Y. App. Div. 2011). Johns sued Faurecia S.A., a French corporation with offices in Nanterre, in the New York Supreme Court in Chemung County. Johns filed the summons and complaint with the court, but it served the defendant only with the summons and a notice. (New York is one of the states that does not require service of the complaint with the summons, a point familiar to me from Murphy Bros. v. Michetti Pipe Stringing, Inc., 526 U.S. 344 (1999), but which I’ve never really understood the sense of) moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the court lacked personal jurisdiction because Faurecia had not been properly served with process. The court…

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