Friday, April 22, 2022

No Jurisdiction Found Over Out-of-State Contractor in Construction Litigation Case

In the case of Bean Sprouts LLC v. Life Cycle Const. Serv., LLC, No. 1467 EDA 2021 (Pa. Super. Feb. 17, 2022 Panella, P.J., Dubow, J., McCaffery, J.) (Op. by Panella, P.J.), the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that the trial court did not err when it found that the Defendant did not have the requisite minimum contacts with Pennsylvania for the trial court to exercise jurisdiction.

According to the Opinion, this case arose out of a construction contract dispute.

The Plaintiff was a construction and excavating company and the Defendant was a contractor engaged in construction projects throughout the country.

The Plaintiff filed a breach of contract action in Pennsylvania. The Defendant contractor filed Preliminary Objections asserting that it did not have the requisite minimum contacts with Pennsylvania such that a Pennsylvania court could not exercise personal jurisdiction over the Defendant.

The trial court sustained the Preliminary Objections and the appellate court affirmed.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.

Source: “Digest of Recent Opinions.” Pennsylvania Law Weekly (March 8, 2022).

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