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In Barrett v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., the Oregon Supreme Court held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S Constitution, as construed in Daimler AG v. Bauman, prohibits Oregon courts from exercising general personal jurisdiction over Union Pacific for claims unrelated to Union Pacific’s business activities in Oregon.  This is an important decision for out-of-state corporations that, like Union Pacific, have substantial business operations in Oregon but are incorporated and have their principal places of business elsewhere.

Wendy Margolis and Julie Smith are members of the firm’s appellate and litigation support practice group. The group is frequently asked to support trial attorneys by drafting and arguing complex motions in addition to handling appeals.