In Rem and Quasi In Rem Jurisdiction
Learn about the theories that allow a court to hear a case based on the presence of property in the forum, referred to as in rem or quasi in rem jurisdiction.
If a plaintiff cannot get a court to exercise in personam jurisdiction over a defendant, the court still might exercise personal jurisdiction on a theory of in rem or quasi in rem jurisdiction. Both in rem and quasi in rem allow a court to exercise personal jurisdiction on the basis of the defendant’s property being in the forum state. A judgment in rem binds the entire world as to the future disposition of that property, but not the individual parties to the suit; for example, think of an...