Fair Isaac Corporation (“FICO”) is a Delaware corporation with its HQ now in California (and, before that, with its HQ in Minneapolis (2004-2013)).
Callcredit Information Group Limited is an English company with its headquarters in the United Kingdom and offices in Japan, Lithuania, China, and Dubai.
Michael Gordon left FICO to become Callcredit’s CEO and, allegedly, misappropriated FICO confidential and proprietary information and allegedly did other things that violated his obligations to FICO. So FICO sued Callcredit and Michael Gordon in Minnesota. Mr. Gordon, in his agreements with FICO, had agreed that he could and would be subject to jurisdiction in Minnesota in the event of litigation.
In response to FICO’s complaint, Callcredit filed a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. The Hennepin County district court (Judge Daniel H. Mabley) denied Callcredit’s motion to dismiss, concluding that, even though it was not a party to the FICO/Gordon agreements that specified Minnesota as a forum for litigation, Callcredit had consented to personal jurisdiction in Minnesota pursuant to the “closely related” doctrine.