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Jun/13

Bark v Barq: No Personal Jurisdiction Despite Registered Users of Software in NY


Defendant (California corp) is in beta-testing phase. For now, it allows users to download its software and embed it on their own sites (the software is a comments plug-in). Several New Yorkers have become registered users (and presumably have downloaded the s/w). Defendant will ultimately monetize by charging users and/or selling ads.

Held: No personal jurisdiction in NY as money hasn’t changed hands.

Hmmm. Defendant allows New Yorkers to try out the software on their (presumably) NY sites. Is there really a different ‘foreseeability of getting hauled into New York’ because money has not yet changed hands, or because they haven’t sold advertising yet?

What if Defendant was mailing free samples of a physical product into NY? Would (should) the absence of a monetary exchange matter for purposes of jurisdictional due process?

bark v barc personal

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