in personam jurisdiction

Definition of "in personam jurisdiction"
  1. This refers to the legal authority a court has to make a decision that directly affects a specific person or entity due to their involvement in the case
How to use "in personam jurisdiction" in a sentence
  1. In the lawsuit, they sought in personam jurisdiction, giving the court legal authority over the defendant.
  2. The plaintiff's lawyer argued for in personam jurisdiction to ensure the court's verdict would apply to the corporation involved.
  3. Since they live out of state, the court might not have in personam jurisdiction to render a binding judgment.

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