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R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Tuazon

Whether a court’s exercise of general jurisdiction offends due process where the defendant’s contacts with the forum state include a permanent physical office and workforce of 45 full-time employees; extensive political activity in the state, including organizing local opposition to proposed city and state regulation; funding of medical research; advertising in purely local publications; substantial in-state business, including $145-240 million in annual net sales and a nearly one-third market share; and a license to do business in the state for over 60 years.

Deepak Gupta of Public Citizen was co-counsel for the respondent at the cert stage, and the Supreme Court denied cert.