Can you sue a foreign company in a civil suit even if it doesn't operate within the country in the United States? Let's say you decide to sue a company headquartered in another country and that only operates in that country. Can you still sue that company from the United States?

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You need a nexus

The company doesn’t operate in the USA. Therefore the damage they caused you can’t have happened in the USA. Therefore, no US court has jurisdiction.

  • And even if you could sue them, e.g. if there was some sort of universal jurisdiction (like some countries have for particularly heinous crimes) … what would be the point? The court is going to send them a letter saying "you must pay 1000$ damages to Sayaman", and they say "No, we don't." … and then what? Aug 9, 2021 at 19:27
  • @JörgWMittag you take the US judgement to a court in a country where they have assets and get a local judgement and take their stuff.
    – Dale M
    Aug 9, 2021 at 21:23

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