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Court of Chancery Upholds Jurisdiction Over Nonresident Partner

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Total Holdings USA Inc. v. Curran Composites, Inc., C.A. 4494-VCS (October 9, 2009).

In a case of first impression, the Court of Chancery has upheld its jurisdiction over a nonresident partner in a Delaware partnership. The current version of the Delaware Uniform Partnership Act authorizes jurisdiction over nonresident partners for disputes arising out of the internal affairs of the partnership. Here the parties' joint venture agreement expressly created a partnership "under Delaware law," and that was enough to support the Court's jurisdiction over a partner who had no other contact with Delaware.



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