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Legal Memorandum: Jurisdictional Discovery in VI

Issue: Under the law applied in the courts of the Virgin Islands, may a court grant discovery to determine jurisdiction?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Jurisdictional discovery; Lack of personal jurisdiction
Jurisdiction: Federal, Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 03/01/2008

“In the Third Circuit, the rule ‘is generally that jurisdictional discovery should be allowed unless the plaintiff’s claim is “clearly frivolous.”‘” Unlimited Holdings, Inc. v. Bertram Yacht, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25126, 49 V.I. 843 (D.V.I. Mar. 24, 2008).  Because “[t]he resolution of a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction is dependent on factual issues outside the pleadings,” C & C/Manhattan v. Sunex Int’l, No. CIV. 98/1999, 1999 V.I. LEXIS 38, 42 V.I. 3 (V.I. Terr. Ct. Oct. 14, 1999).

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