District Court Dismisses Slander and Libel Claims Against Spanish Basketball Federation for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Where No Contacts With Forum Alleged

The World in U.S. Courts: Spring 2014 - Personal Jurisdiction

Sallie v. Spanish Basketball Federation, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, February 25, 2014

Plaintiff Roburt Sallie, a professional basketball player, alleged Defendants, a Spanish basketball team and league, slandered and libeled him by informing the media that Sallie’s contract was terminated for consuming a nutritional supplement containing a banned substance. The Spanish team and league moved to dismiss the claims for lack of personal jurisdiction. The court granted the motion because Sallie failed to allege that the Spanish entities had any contact with Colorado. Although Sallie claimed both general and specific personal jurisdiction, the complaint did not allege any contacts with Colorado, let alone sufficient minimum contacts.

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