South-Western Legal Studies in Business

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Description Louisiana courts did not have personal jurisdiction over Texas businesses that installed equipment in a car that was sold in Texas to Texas residents. The equipment was alleged to have caused a death in an accident that happened in Louisiana. The only contact by the Texas businesses in Louisiana was by their websites, which was insufficient.
Topic Cyberlaw
Key Words Torts, Website; Sufficient Contact
C A S E   S U M M A R Y
Facts The Williamsí car was struck by another car. The collision dislodged a custom-installed overhead TV console that struck and killed their five-month-old daughter. They sued J.R.ís, the installer of the console, and Parra, the car dealer, who sold the Williams the car and had the TV installed at their request in Texas. The Williams, residents of Texas, were in Louisiana at the time of the accident. They filed suit in Louisiana state court. The trial court dismissed the suit for lack of personal jurisdiction. The Williams appealed.
Decision

Affirmed. The only links the defendants had to Louisiana were that they could be contacted by their websites. That was not sufficient contact under the long-arm statute with the state to support exercise of personal jurisdiction against either of those Texas residents. Louisiana residents could contact J.R.ís and Parra, but would have to go to Texas to do business with them.

Citation Williams v. Frank Parra Auto Plex, ---So.2d--- (2006 WL 708215, Ct. App., La., 2006)

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