SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT
March 18, 1969
DOROTHY TJEPKEMA, AS ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF HOWARD TJEPKEMA, DECEASED, APPELLANT,
KARL R. KENNEY, RESPONDENT
Concur -- Eager, J. P., McGivern, Markewich and Nunez, JJ.
In this wrongful death action, brought against a Missouri resident, in rem jurisdiction was obtained over defendant by attachment of his insurance policy under the rule of Seider v. Roth (17 N.Y.2d 111). Such in rem jurisdiction may not be converted to in personam jurisdiction even though defendant proceeds with the defense on the merits. (Simpson v. Loehmann, 21 N.Y.2d 990.) Accordingly, that part of plaintiff's motion praying that defendant's appearance be deemed in personam was properly denied. The $25,000 limitation of damages contained in the Missouri wrongful death statute should not, however, be applied to limit a recovery in the action here although the automobile accident occurred in Missouri and the defendant is a resident of that state. The plaintiff's intestate was a resident of New York, the estate is being administered here and the plaintiff (widow and administratrix) and other distributees (children) are residents here. Under these circumstances, the amount recoverable in this action is not subject to the Missouri statutory limitation. (Kilberg v. Northeast Airlines, 9 N.Y.2d 34, 39-40.) Consequently, the defendant's second affirmative defense should be stricken. The third affirmative defense should also be stricken since it is clear from the record on appeal that the statutory right to maintain a wrongful death action exists in Missouri as well as in New York.
Order, entered March 19, 1968, unanimously modified, on the law, to strike defendant's second and third affirmative defenses and as so modified, affirmed, without costs and without disbursements.
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