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Domestic Relations – Equitable Division & Alimony – Alabama Judgment — Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – Limited Appearance – Res Judicata – Constitutional – Full Faith & Credit (access required)

Ware v. Ware Even though an Alabama trial court wrongly decided that it had personal jurisdiction over the respondent-wife, since she made a limited appearance through counsel to contest personal jurisdiction but then failed to appeal the trial court’s ruling, that ruling is res judicata and is entitled to full faith and credit from S.C. courts.

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Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – S.C. Insurance Company – Florida Customer (access required)

Companion Property & Casualty Insurance Co. v. GTE Federal Credit Union Even though the plaintiff-insurer fulfilled its contract obligations from South Carolina, and even though the defendant-insured is a sophisticated party who negotiated the parties’ multimillion dollar policy, this court lacks personal jurisdiction over the Florida insured.

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Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – N.J. Businessmen – Gambling Cruise Ship (access required)

Liverett v. Island Breeze International, Inc. Plaintiff alleges that the individual New Jersey-resident defendants traveled to South Carolina, met with plaintiff to discuss a casino boat project and the terms of an alleged consultation agreement, and failed to pay plaintiff pursuant to the consultation agreement after plaintiff performed under the agreement.

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Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – Specific Jurisdiction – Minimum Contacts – Corporate Shareholder – Insufficient (access required)

Roper v. TAP Pharmaceutical Products, Inc. Defendant Abbott Laboratories is an Illinois corporation with its principal place of business in Illinois. The fact that Abbott owned 50 percent of the stock in a corporation that manufactured the drug that allegedly injured plaintiff in South Carolina is not enough to give this court personal jurisdiction over Abbott.

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Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – Forum Non Conveniens – Insurance – Canadian Policy (access required)

Sonoco Products Co. v. ACE INA Insurance Plaintiff, a multinational company with headquarters in South Carolina, required an S.C. insurance company to find local property insurers for plaintiff’s foreign subsidiaries. Where this litigation arises out of the collapse of a roof at plaintiff’s Canadian subsidiary’s Ontario facility, this court lacks personal jurisdiction over the local Canadian insurer.

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Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – Minimum Contacts – Georgia Pawn Shop – Repossessions Contract (access required)

Midland Auto Recovery, LLC v. TitleMasters of Georgia, LLC A Georgia title pawn and loan business can be haled into court in South Carolina based on its relationship with a South Carolina company, which served as an intermediary between the Georgia company and repossession agents in other states. The court denies the Georgia company’s motion to dismiss or to transfer.

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Intellectual Property – Copyright Infringement – Predicate Act Doctrine – Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – Tort/Negligence — Conversion (access required)

Tire Engineering & Distribution LLC v. Shandong Linglong Rubber Co. Ltd. The 4th Circuit upholds a $26 million verdict for a Florida-based designer and distributor of underground mining tires; the district court properly exercised personal jurisdiction over a company domiciled in the United Arab Emirates and a Chinese manufacturer who conspired in Virginia with a former employee of plaintiff to manufacture tires from plaintiff’s blueprints, and defendants are not entitled to a new trial on damages even though the appellate court threw out some of plaintiff’s claims.

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