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Attorneys : Unjust Enrichment – Attorney’s Fees – Personal Jurisdiction

Where lead counsel in a multidistrict litigation brought claims of unjust enrichment and quantum meruit against other plaintiffs’ lawyers in the case whom they alleged benefitted but did not pay for litigation materials and work product of the multidistrict litigation that they used in state court actions, dismissal of the defendants for lack of personal jurisdiction is reversed and remanded because the defendants’ Missouri contacts were sufficiently related to the claims to support personal jurisdiction and the defendants entered Missouri voluntarily more than once to negotiate settlement of their state court cases, which resulted in their financial benefit.

Judgment is reversed and remanded.

Downing v. Goldman Phipps (MLW No. 66848/Case No. 13-2345 – 12 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Murphy, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Perry, J. (Gretchen Garrison, St Louis, argued for appellant; Don Manley Downing, Adam J. Levitt  and Stacey Kelly Breen appeared on the brief) (Kimberly S. Keller, Boerne, Texas, argued for appellee; Michael Gross appeared on the brief).

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