Quasi in rem jurisdiction

Quasi in rem (Latin, "as if against a thing") is a legal term referring to a legal action based on property rights of a person absent from the jurisdiction.

A quasi in rem action is commonly used when jurisdiction over the defendant is unobtainable due to his/her absence from the state. Any judgment will affect only the property seized, as "in personam" jurisdiction is unobtainable.cite book|last=Yeazell|first=Stephen|title=Civil Procedure|publisher=Aspen Publishers|location=Frederick, MD|date=2008|edition=7th Ed.|pages=p. 85|isbn=9780735569256]

Of note, in a "quasi in rem" case the court may lack personal jurisdiction over the defendant, but it has jurisdiction over the defendant's property. The property could be seized to obtain a claim against the defendant. A judgment based on "quasi in rem" jurisdiction generally affects rights to the property only between the persons involved and does not "bind the entire world" as does a judgment based on "jurisdiction in rem".

The claim does not have to be related to the property seized, but the person must have minimum contacts with the forum state in order for jurisdiction to be proper.

For example, see "Pennoyer v. Neff", 95 U.S. 714 (1877)

ee also

*Jurisdiction in rem


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