Jurisdiction Based on Advertising Activity
Jurisdiction based on advertising activity in another state or city:
In Chedid v. Boardwalk Regency Corp., 756 F. Supp. 941, 943 (E.D.Va. 1991) the plaintiff slipped and fell in an elevator at a New Jersey casino.
He brought a negligence action in a United States District Court in Virginia against the corporate owner of the establishment.
The plaintiff argued that the court had jurisdiction over the defendant under Virginia's long-arm statute because the casino had solicited customers and placed ads in Virginia, and because his claim had arisen from these activities in the forum.
Although the plaintiff alleged that the defendant's telephonic solicitation, in which it had offered free limousine travel to and from New Jersey, had induced him to go to the casino, the court held that it did not have jurisdiction over the corporation, reasoning that there was no causal relationship between the plaintiff's accident and the corporation's transaction of business in Virginia. Chedid, supra, 756 F. Supp. at 943.
"Plaintiff's cause of action is one 'arising from' the defendant's alleged negligence in leaving the elevator floor wet and slippery, not from defendant's wholly unrelated advertising and solicitation activities." Id.