U.S. Virgin Islands corporations have the potential to be sued in all areas of the country. It is important to understand how your company’s interactions in another jurisdiction may bring about the required jurisdictional requirements to be sued there.
There are two types of personal jurisdiction: general and specific. General jurisdiction is found where a plaintiff’s claim arises out of the defendant’s “continuous and systematic” contacts with the forum state. It exists even if the cause of action is unrelated to the defendant’s activities in the forum state. Specific jurisdiction exists when the plaintiff’s claim arises out of the defendant’s activities within the forum, in such a way that a defendant could reasonably anticipate being sued in the state’s courts.