Issue: Under the law of the Virgin Islands, what must be shown to establish personal jurisdiction over a business entity defendant in a case involving an intentional tort?
|Area of Law:||Business Organizations & Contracts, Litigation & Procedure|
|Keywords:||Personal jurisdiction; Intentional tort; Court|
In order for a court to exercise personal jurisdiction over an intentional business tort, the plaintiff must allege:
1) The defendant committed an intentional tort;
2) The plaintiff felt the brunt of the harm in the forum such that the forum can be said to be the focal point of the harm suffered by the plaintiff as a result of that tort; [and]
3) The defendant expressly aimed his tortious conduct at the forum such that the forum can be said to be the focal point of the tortious activity[.]
IMO Indus. v. Kiekert AG, 155 F.3d 254, 265-66 (3d Cir. 1998).