HELICOPTEROS NACIONALES DE COLUMBIA, S.A. v. HALL – Case Brief


HELICOPTEROS NACIONALES DE COLUMBIA, S.A. v. HALL

Supreme Court of US 1984

466 US 408, 104 S.Ct 1868, 80 L.Ed.2d 404

pg 142

Facts

Helicol trains pilots, purchases parts, performs maintenance, and sends management to work with Bell Helicopter in Texas.

Negotiates terms of contract while in Fort Worth TX. Contracting for transport work in Peru for pipeline

Hires employees (Plaintiffs) in Texas

Helicol crashes helicopter in Peru killing some passengers and the survivors become the Plaintiffs in this action

Procedural History

Jury trial awards plaintiffs $1,141,200 and establishes jurisdiction over Helicopter co

Texas Ct of Appeals reverses judgment and rules that personal in personum jurisdiction was lacking

Texas Supreme Ct “focused on purchases and relating training trips” to confirm in personum jurisdiction

US Supreme Court finds that “purchases and related trips, standing alone, are not enough” to establish jurisdiction.

Holding

US Supreme Ct – no jurisdiction in TX. > sue in Peru

“We hold that Helicol’s contacts with the State of Texas were insufficient to satisfy the requirements of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment” and are not sufficiant to establish in personum jurisdiction

reversed the judgement of Supreme Court of Texas

Rule

no jurisdiction where the event didnt occur as a result of contacts in the state

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