As any well-taught law student knows, two things must generally
be true in order for an American court to render a binding in personam
judgment against a party who does not reside within the borders of the
state in which the court is located:' (1) the party's conduct must fall
within the terms of a statute of that state, universally known as a "long
arm statute," conferring power upon that state's courts to hear cases of
the kind described therein, and (2) the assertion of personal jurisdiction
under the long arm statute must satisfy the "minimum contacts" test
articulated by the United States Supreme Court in the case of International
Shoe Co. v. Washington.
"Personal Jurisdiction in Florida: Some Problems and Proposals,"
Nova Law Review: Vol. 5
, Article 3.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/nlr/vol5/iss3/3