The Continuing Saga of Internet Jurisdiction

The Financial Times runs a story on the continuing saga of Internet jurisdiction with a particular focus on the Yahoo! France case, which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently agreed to rehear. While the business community argues that the case could have a devastating effect on e-commerce, I'm quoted as saying that the world has moved on since the case was brought and most big companies now understand that they risk foreign judgments based on their web presence.

I also note was has become increasingly apparent — everyone has their Yahoo! — their issue, whether Internet gambling, pharmaceuticals, content, etc., for which regulators and courts believe they must absolutely apply local law. More on this issue in a forthcoming paper on the regulatory side of Internet jurisdiction.

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