• Current through October 23, 2012

(a) A foreign-country judgment may not be refused recognition for lack of personal jurisdiction if the:

(1) Defendant was served with process personally in the foreign country;

(2) Defendant voluntarily appeared in the proceeding, other than for the purpose of protecting property seized or threatened with seizure in the proceeding or of contesting the jurisdiction of the court over the defendant;

(3) Defendant, before the commencement of the proceeding, had agreed to submit to the jurisdiction of the foreign court with respect to the subject matter involved;

(4) Defendant was domiciled in the foreign country when the proceeding was instituted or was a corporation or other form of business organization that had its principal place of business in, or was organized under the laws of, the foreign country;

(5) Defendant had a business office in the foreign country and the proceeding in the foreign court involved a cause of action arising out of business done by the defendant through that office in the foreign country; or

(6) Defendant operated a motor vehicle or airplane in the foreign country and the proceeding involved a cause of action arising out of that operation.

(b) The list of bases for personal jurisdiction in subsection (a) of this section is not exclusive. The courts of the District of Columbia may recognize bases of personal jurisdiction other than those listed in subsection (a) of this section as sufficient to support a foreign-country judgment.

(Feb. 24, 2012, D.C. Law 19-86, § 2(b), 58 DCR 11186.)


Legislative History of Laws

For history of Law 19-86, see notes under § 15-361.

Uniform Law

This section is based on § 5 of the Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition Act. See Vol. 13, Part II, Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition or ULA Database on Westlaw.