SYNOPSIS: Petitioner life insurance beneficiary appealed from a judgment of the Court of Civil Appeals of Texas, First Supreme Judicial District, which refused to enforce the beneficiary's California state court judgment against respondent insurance company on a contract of insurance.
FACTS: The beneficiary obtained a judgment against the insurer in a California state court and attempted to enforce it through an action in the Texas state courts. The Texas courts refused to enforce the California judgment, holding that the judgment was void under the Fourteenth Amendment because service of process outside California could not give the courts of California jurisdiction over the insurer.
The Court determined that the insurer had no vested right not to be sued in California and concluded that due process was satisfied because the insurer had certain minimum contacts with the State of California.
OUTCOME: The Court reversed the judgment and remanded the cause to the Texas appellate court for further proceedings not inconsistent with the Court's opinion.