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Lightfoot Client Obtains Dismissal for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction from the Alabama Supreme Court

Aug 18, 2014  

On July 25, 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court released its opinion in Ex parte Edgetech I.G., Inc. n/k/a Quanex I.G. Systems, Inc., issuing a writ of mandamus and directing the Franklin County Circuit Court to dismiss Lightfoot's client, Edgetech I.G., Inc., as a party to a complex products liability, warranty, and fraud action. The action was premised on Edgetech's sale of a component part for an insulated glass window product manufactured by one of the named co-defendants. Edgetech had previously moved the trial court to dismiss all claims against Edgetech, including various cross-claims raised by its co-defendants, based on a lack of personal jurisdiction. Edgetech argued that it did not have the requisite minimum contacts with Alabama because Edgetech, based in Ohio, had merely sold the part to a customer in Michigan and had no other significant contacts with any customer in Alabama related to that specific part. The trial court denied Edgetech's motion to dismiss. Edgetech then petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus requiring the trial court to reverse its decision. After extensive briefing focused on recent developments in personal jurisdiction law in the United States Supreme Court, the Alabama Supreme Court agreed with Edgetech and ordered that Edgetech be dismissed from the case. Edgetech was thereafter dismissed as a party to the action by order of the Franklin County Circuit Court on July 29, 2014. The Lightfoot lawyers representing Edgetech were Lana Olson, Terry McCarthy, and Brian Kappel. To read the opinion, click here.