Decker v. Circus Circus Hotel
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
49 F.Supp.2d 743 (1999)
Janice and Robert Decker (plaintiffs) sued the Circus Circus Hotel (hotel) (defendant), a Nevada corporation, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The hotel did not advertise or specifically seek guests from New Jersey; did not own property, pay taxes, or maintain offices, agents, or bank accounts in New Jersey; and had no plans to do so. The Deckers contended that the court had personal jurisdiction over the hotel because the hotel was related to corporations that did business in New Jersey; maintained an interactive website through which it formed contracts, governed by Nevada law, with New Jerseyans; conducted nationwide media campaigns that reached New Jerseyans; and mailed promotional material to New Jerseyans who were former hotel guests or who requested the material. The hotel contended that it never purposefully availed itself of the benefits and protection of New Jersey law and therefore moved to either dismiss the case or transfer it to Nevada.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Walls, J.)
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