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Facts
Sean O’Grady, a professional boxer, was managed by his father, Pat. Sean was a contender for the world featherweight title. Pat entered into a contract with Magna Verde Corporation, an LA based business, to co-promote a fight between Sean and the current world featherweight champion. The fight was scheduled to take place in Oklahoma City. To promote the fight, Pat set up a press conference. At the conference, Pat was involved in a confrontation with a sportswriter named Brooks. Issue

Pat allegedly struck Brooks in the face. Brooks brought up a suit against Pat O’Grady and Magna Verde Corporation in an Oklahoma state court. Court records showed that the only contract Magna Verde had with Oklahoma were that a few of its employees had taken several trips to Oklahoma to plan the title fight. The fight was never held. Oklahoma has a long-arm statute. Magna Verde was served by mail and made a special appearance in Oklahoma state court to argue that Oklahoma does not have personal jurisdiction over it. The main argument is that does Oklahoma have jurisdiction over Magna Verde Corporation?

Analysis
A court is required to use long-arm jurisdiction over persons and businesses in another State when a civil wrong is committed within a State; when there is a contract in the State or a contract affects the State and when a business is transacted that allegedly cause injury to another person. “long arm jurisdiction is a statutory grant of jurisdiction to local courts over foreign ("foreign" meaning out-of-state) defendants. A state's ability to confer jurisdiction is limited by the Constitution. This jurisdiction permits a court to hear a case against a defendant and enter a binding judgment against a defendant residing outside the state's jurisdiction. That is, without a long arm statute, a state's court may not have personal jurisdiction over a particular defendant. Generally, the authority of a court to exercise long arm jurisdiction must be based upon some...
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