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International Harvester Co. v. Kentucky, 234 U.S. 579 (1914)

International Harvester Co. v. Kentucky

No. 297

Argued April 24, 1914

Decided June 22, 1914

234 U.S. 579


It is essential to the rendition of a personal judgment against a corporation that it be doing business within the state; but each case must depend upon its own facts to show that this essential requirement of jurisdiction exists.

The presence of a corporation within a state necessary to the service of process is shown when it appears that the corporation is there carrying on business in such sense as to manifest its presence within the state, although the business may be entirely interstate in its character.

The fact that the business carried on by a corporation is entirely interstate in its character does not render the corporation immune from the ordinary process of the courts of the state.

147 Ky. 655 affirmed.

The facts, which involve the validity and sufficiency of service of process upon a foreign corporation and the determination of whether such corporation was doing business within the state, are stated in the opinion.

Page 234 U. S. 582

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