January 28th, 2022
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Opinions
Danziger & De Llano, LLP v. Morgan Verkamp, LLC
Opinion Date: January 27, 2022
Judge: Stephen Andrew Higginson
Areas of Law: Civil Procedure
The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of Danziger's complaint based on lack of personal jurisdiction. Danziger, a Texas resident, filed three intentional tort claims and a claim for breach of contract against Morgan Verkamp, a Ohio-based law firm, and two of its members, residents of Ohio. The court concluded that, because none of Morgan Verkamp's allegedly tortious conduct either occurred in Texas or was otherwise meaningfully connected to the state, the district court correctly dismissed Danziger's intentional tort claims for lack of personal jurisdiction. Furthermore, the district court correctly dismissed Danziger's breach of contract claims for lack of personal jurisdiction where Danziger was the only connection between the alleged contract and Texas.
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