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Since the corporation had no real physical presence, as such, the fiction arose that this artificial person was “present” in the state of its incorporation or wherever it was “doing business. Here the court’s only recourse would be a dismissal of the third-party complaint.
Kansas City and Santa Fe successfully challenged the attempted service on Penn-Central Company, defendant Amercoxt conceding that there was no basis for such service. Reagent’s answer denied the debt and asserted a breach of contract in that the tanks were damaged and unfit for use when delivered. In New Jersey the doctrine of forum non conveniens has primarily been applied in actions amercoag on out-of-state, nonstatutory torts involving personal injuries, where defendant is not a New Jersey resident and the bulk of the witnesses are also nonresidents.
Reagent also filed a third-party complaint in two counts against Kansas City and Santa Fe, over whose lines the tanks had been shipped by Amercoat, the theory being that if delivery to Reagent was completed upon 130 depositing the tanks with the railroad at Ardmore, Oklahoma, one or both carriers would smercoat liable to Reagent for the losses incurred through their breach of the carriage contract and for negligence.
But the court there went on to say: It must be recognized that the “mere solicitation” test or “solicitation plus” doctrineas articulated by succeeding courts, relies basically on the Green and McKibbin holdings. Accordingly, a state was without jurisdiction to hail a nonresident corporation into the local courts unless that state was physically able to exert its sovereign power over it.
This, however, must be measured in the light of the attendant circumstances and any other factors exerting an amercot toward justification for assertion of jurisdiction. ameroat
Amercoat Corp. v. Reagent Chem. & Research Inc.
Such “systematic and continuous” soliciting must be viewed as a relevant factor in judging the inherent fairness of the asserted jurisdiction. Prior to the International Shoe holding, increasing judicial dissatisfaction with the inflexibility of the mechanical rules caused a perceptible trend of lessening of the requirements as to what constituted “solicitation plus.
By way of counterclaim Reagent claimed damages directly resulting from plaintiff’s breach because it had been obliged to purchase replacement tanks at higher prices and to transport chemicals from a distance at great expense during the period when no tanks were available to replace those plaintiff had agreed to sell and deliver. Plaintiff Amercoat Corporation Amercoata California corporation registered to do business in New Jersey, is a manufacturer of chemical storage tanks.
Reagentor to quash service of process. Berry, should be an exacting one, “practicable as well as inherently just. Kansas City and Santa Fe have long participated in sending their cars into or through New Jersey under the protection of our laws. The court noted that the sales activities of defendant were “systematic and continuous” and indirectly generated a significant volume of business, and that, in conducting its intrastate affairs, it received the benefits and protection of the local laws.
Therefore, the appropriate test in determining whether the New Jersey court’s exercise of jurisdiction over the third-party defendants violates due process of law is an overall weighing of the connections of the railroads with this State and of the State’s interest in the proceedings. II Kansas City and Santa Fe further argue that the exercise of jurisdiction in this case casts an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce and therefore cannot stand.
Receive free daily summaries of new opinions from the Supreme Court of New Jersey. It must further be noted that solicitation by the agents of the carriers has been continuous and active, aimed at drumming up business from the substantial industrial concerns of this State.
Whatever force this argument may have had in the past, its rationale does not stand up under closer scrutiny.
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As has been historically true of the railroads, the private interest is smercoat at least as greatly as the public weal. It constitutes, in the practical sense, both “doing business” and “transacting business,” and should do so in a legal sense. Invocation of the doctrine, however, must not be governed by a simple balancing of conveniences. Nonetheless, the initiation of advantageous economic relationships by the solicitors of Kansas City and Zmercoat Fe constitutes a significant aspect of “doing business.
But the court there went on to say:. But emphasis continues upon the element of harassment and vexation notwithstanding reference also to the element of trial convenience. Thus, both Green and McKibbin rely on the fundamental underpinnings of “power” as defined by strictly territorial concepts in determining proper jurisdiction and the limits of due process.
The strongest factor militating against the application of the doctrine in this case is the fact that to adopt the argument advanced by the carriers would split the cause of action, for the original action would be unaffected. Historically, the early cases were decided at a time when railroads were of paramount importance and influence in interstate transportation and communication.
Amercat also cite later cases which entrenched and extrapolated the Green holding into the so-called “solicitation amerocat doctrine, which basically establishes that something more is required than just solicitation by a nonresident corporation, e. Early in the century jurisdiction was thought to be based on “power” as strictly delimited by state boundaries.
The doctrine of forum non conveniens is largely equitable in nature and discretionary in application, permitting the court to refuse to entertain an action even though it has jurisdiction.
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amercat On this appeal the third-party defendants claim error in that 1 the assertion of jurisdiction over them would violate qmercoat process of law and constitute an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce, and 2 regardless of the resolution of the jurisdictional issue, the third-party suit should have been dismissed on the basis of forum non conveniens. The carriers contend that their solicitation of business and the bailment arrangement whereby their cars pass over New Jersey lines constitute insufficient “contacts” with New Jersey.
Infringement of the federal interest in interstate railroad operations served as a basis for the earlier cases invalidating out-of-state service of process and extraterritorial jurisdiction zmercoat, of course, by reason of the Commerce Clause, U.
However, we are confronted with service, not manufacturing, industries, and their business operations necessarily are of a less tangible variety. To uphold the contentions of the two carriers would be to force the resident corporation to engage in two distinct suits more than a thousand miles apart. They thereby derive direct economic benefit from operations within New Jersey; the rented vehicles form an integral part of the railway system of this State.
It may be admitted that they keep no property in this State and ship no goods into this State, amerocat so the present case may be distinguished from those holding that a single shipment of items into New Jersey may be a sufficient “contact” for the exercise of personal jurisdiction.
Moreover, plaintiff points out that the witnesses to be summoned by the original parties are readily available within this forum. The threat of foreign suits is but one of the costs of railroads doing business in many states. The carriers contend that most of the witnesses to be called would be from distant regions. National Airlines, above; Berry v. It “presupposes at least two forums in which defendant is amenable to process.
Like the argument addressed to due process and the Commerce Clause, we find the claim based on forum non conveniens without merit. Defendant Reagent would be forced to maintain two separate causes of action more than a thousand miles apart. It should be noted that the “burden on interstate commerce” language has all but disappeared from opinions dealing with jurisdictional issues such as those posed in this case. See International Milling Co.
Thereafter, succeeding courts have wrestled with the overlap and all but stripped the “solicitation plus” doctrine of meaning by finding sufficient contacts for personal jurisdiction where virtually any form of economic entry into the state was evident. Argued September 29, Perhaps the greatest shift in the analysis of the “doing business” test since International Shoe has been the change in emphasis from the quantum of activities to their continuity.
Since the doctrine is an equitable one, its application is limned by very general standards e. However, it should be noted that the matter was before a federal court, which could order a transfer amercoah the action.
Other significant factors, too, must be considered in this constitutional analysis.