Book ’em, Dan-o!
There really is still such a thing as personal jurisdiction — and its absence — even in the Internet age, reports Evan Brown:
Last year Facebook made us wonder if it had gone off its meds when it filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Illinois-based Teachbook.com. More than one commentator thought Facebook was being overzealous in its efforts to claim exclusivity in the term “book” for social networking services.
However one countenances the action, the court has shut the cover on the first chapter. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (where Facebook is located) held that it lacked personal jurisdiction over the Illinois defendant. So it dismissed the case.
There is a Constitution out there, still!
Also: kudos to Evan for demonstrating the proper use of the word “however” as the first word in a sentence. (Same thing like I said about the Constitution!)