Ohio federal district court had personal jurisdiction over Texas defendant whose only contact with forum state was contract with plaintiff CompuServe to distribute defendant's software to other CompuServe subscribers; reversing 1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7530 (S.D.Oh. 1995), which held that cases of personal jurisdiction based on a single electronic contact with the forum state are limited to contacts that are tortious -- most notably, the publication of defamatory material.
Opinion at http://www.jmls.edu/cyber/cases/patter.html
Opinion at http://www.law.emory.edu/6circuit/july96/96a0228p.06.html
Keywords: defamation, jurisdiction