in personam action

An action having the objective of a judgment against the person, as distinguished from a judgment against property, being an action to enforce personal rights and obligations, brought against the person and based on jurisdiction of the person, notwithstanding it may involve his right to, or the exercise of ownership of, specific property, or seek to compel him to control or dispose of it in accordance with the mandate of the court. Atlantic Seaboard Natural Gas Co. v Whitten, 315 Pa 529, 173 A 305, 93 ALR 615. A proceeding against a person involving his personal rights and based on jurisdiction of his person. McCormick v Blaine, 345 111461, 178 NE 195, 77 ALR 1215.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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