Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mani v. Mani case brief

Mani v. Mani case brief summary
869 S.2d 904 (2005)

Appellants, husband and wife, and elevator company and its insurer, challenged the judgment of the Civil District Court, Orleans Parish, Division D-16, Louisiana, granting the exception to personal jurisdiction filed by appellee, gearbox manufacturer.

The wife was injured when her residential elevator fell three stories. The husband and wife filed a personal injury suit alleging that the accident occurred because several components of the elevator, including the gearbox, failed.


  • The appellate court ruled that a de novo review of the record evidence revealed that the gearbox manufacturer had sufficient minimum contacts with Louisiana, and that traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice were not offended by the exercise of jurisdiction. 
  • The gearbox manufacturer was integral in the development of the design of the residential elevator, and subsequently manufactured and supplied a significant component part of the residential elevator, the gearbox. 
  • The elevator company's residential elevator was a specialty product that had been marketed generally throughout the United States, and specifically in the State of Louisiana through several local retailers for a number of years. 
  • The exercise of jurisdiction was proper under the Louisiana long-arm statute, La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13:3201, and constitutional due process.
The judgment was reversed and remanded.

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