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Pavlovich v. Superior Court

Supreme Court of California
58 P.3d 2 (2002)


Facts

Pavlovich, a resident of Texas who did not conduct business or reside in California, posted information on a website to instruct Linux users on circumventing proprietary encryption technology of California company DVD Copy Control Association, Inc. (DVD CCA), the real party in interest. DVD CCA filed suit in California court, seeking injunctive relief against Pavlovich. Pavlovich (defendant) filed a motion to quash service of process from the Superior Court (plaintiff), alleging that California lacked personal jurisdiction. The court of appeals ruled that personal jurisdiction over Pavlovich was proper based on a posting on an internet website. Pavlovich appeals this ruling.

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