Stan Garner resides in Illinois and promotes boxing matches

Stan Garner resides in Illinois and promotes boxing matches

for SuperSports, Inc., an Illinois corporation. Garner

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created the concept of “Ages” promotion—a three-fight series

of boxing matches pitting an older fighter (George Foreman)

against a younger fighter, such as John Ruiz or Riddick

Bowe. The concept included titles for each of the three

fights (“Challenge of the Ages,” “Battle of the Ages,” and

“Fight of the Ages”), as well as promotional epithets to

characterize the two fighters (“the Foreman Factor”). Garner

contacted George Foreman and his manager, who both reside in

Texas, to sell the idea, and they arranged a meeting at

Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. At some point in the

negotiations, Foreman’s manager signed a nondisclosure

agreement prohibiting him from disclosing Garner’s

promotional concepts unless the parties signed a contract.

Nevertheless, after negotiations between Garner and Foreman

fell through, Foreman used Garner’s “Battle of the Ages”

concept to promote a subsequent fight. Garner filed suit

against Foreman and his manager in a federal district court

located in Illinois, alleging breach of contract. Using the

information presented in the chapter, answer the following

questions.

1. On what basis might the federal district court in

Illinois exercise jurisdiction in this case?

2. Does the federal district court have original or

appellate jurisdiction?

3. Suppose that Garner had filed his action in an Illinois

state court. Could an Illinois state court exercise personal

jurisdiction over Foreman or his manager? Why or why not?

4. Assume that Garner had filed his action in a Nevada state

court. Would that court have personal jurisdiction over

Foreman or his manager? Explain.

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