March 01, 2010
On February 23, 2010, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Hertz Corporation v. Friend. In this case, the Court considered the definition of a corporation’s principal place of business for the purposes of determining diversity jurisdiction citizenship under 28 U.S.C. § 1332. In a 9-0 decision delivered by Justice Breyer, the Court held that a corporation’s principal place of business is "the place where a corporation’s high level officers direct, control, and coordinate the corporation’s activities, i.e. its ‘nerve center,’ which will typically be found at its corporate headquarters."
To discuss the case, we have Vanderbilt University Law School Professor Brian T. Fitzpatrick.