December 22, 2009

No Jurisdiction Over Indian Ringtone Website Under NY Long Arm

Yash Raj Films (USA), Inc. v. LLC, No 1:08-cv-02715-ENV-RML (E.D.N.Y. filed Dec. 15, 2009) - District Court grants pro se defendants' motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction pursuant to FRCP 12(b)(2)(4) and New York's long-arm jurisdiction statute, CPLR 302. Defendants' website - which provides access to digitized versions of Indian songs, movies and images that users may stream or download ringtones - is accessible in NY, but does not constitute transaction of business in NY, tortious conduct in NY, or out-of-state tortious conduct causing injury in NY; plaintiff's request for jurisdictional discovery denied.