On November 19, 2003, the California Supreme Court declined to review a lower court decision that permits out-of-state individuals and businesses to be sued in California based solely on the California activities of corporations in which they are shareholders. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief urging the California court to grant review. WLF argued that no one should be liable for suit in a state with which he lacks minimum contacts, and that ownership of shares in a company is insufficient to establish such contacts. The lower-court decision allowed a nonresident to be sued in California simply because he is a majority shareholder in several companies that do business in California..