Chapter 3, pp. 60-94 Case Problem: 3-8
Minimum Contacts. Seal Polymer Industries sold two freight containers of latex gloves to Med-Express, Inc., a company based in North Carolina. When Med-Express failed to pay the $104,000 owed for the gloves, Seal Polymer sued in an Illinois court and obtained a judgment against Med-Express. Med-Express argued that it did not have minimum contacts with Illinois and therefore the Illinois judgment based on personal jurisdiction was invalid. Med-Express stated that it was incorporated under North Carolina law, had its principal place of business in North Carolina, and therefore had no minimum contacts with Illinois. Was this statement alone sufficient to prevent the Illinois judgment from being collected against Med-Express in North Carolina? Why or why not? [Seal Polymer Industries v. Med-Express, Inc., 725 S.E.2d 5 (N.C.App. 2012)]
No, this statement was not enough to prevent the Illinois judgment from being collected against Med-Express. Med-Express may have been incorporated under North Carolina law, had its principal place of business there, and may have stated that the company had no minimum contacts with Illinois, but Seal Polymer can enforce the long arm statute. Under the long arm statute, Seal Polymer must provide the court with proof that Med-Express had enough of a connection to the state of Illinois in order for judgment to be collected. If Seal Polymer is unable to prove that, then the court does not have the right to exercise personal jurisdiction over Med-Express, the out-of-state defendant.