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,
CASE FACTS 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
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
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