The Action Bias in American Law: Internet Jurisdiction and the Triumph of Zippo Dot Com by RICHARD K. GREENSTEIN

The Action Bias in American Law: Internet Jurisdiction and the Triumph of Zippo Dot Com by RICHARD K. GREENSTEIN (Temple Law Review)
Abstract: American law reflects the stories we tell ourselves about who we are as a nation. To illustrate the effect of America’s stories on the law, I identify and describe in this essay a particular characteristic of American law: an “actionbias” – a propensity to bestow disproportionately greater legal significance upon affirmative acts than on failures to act – and I argue that this bias reflects, in turn, a powerful myth at the core of the self-image of the United States, a myth I call the “Immigrant’s Tale”. To illustrate this thesis, I give a number of instances of the action bias, but focus primarily on the career of an important federal district court decision: Zippo Manufacturing Company v. Zippo Dot Com, the case that formulated the framework now used almost universally in the determination of personal jurisdiction in Internet cases.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=939075

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