In Mallory v Norfolk Southern, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court correctly ruled that the Commonwealth’s “jurisdiction by consent” statute was unconstitutional. This statute requires every company that registers to do business in Pennsylvania to consent to the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania courts. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded the statute conflicted with a line of U.S. Supreme Court cases that require a company to be “at home” in a state for the state to have jurisdiction. An appeal has been taken to the U.S. Supreme Court.
PCCJR will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the ruling of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in what will be our first submission to the U.S. Supreme Court.