“If You Pick a Fight in Missouri, You Can Reasonably Expect to Settle It Here”

So says Baldwin v. Fischer-Smith (Mo. Ct. App. July 6, posted on Westlaw a few days ago), in holding that a defendant whose Web page allegedly libeled a Missouri dog kennel could be sued in Missouri. (The defendant’s Web page specifically mentioned that the kennel was located in Missouri.) There’s a longstanding dispute about this question of personal jurisdiction, and the opinion basically just adheres to one side of the dispute; but it’s pretty readable, and might be of interest to people who have been following the issue.

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