AMENDED FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, DECISION AND ORDER
This is an action to recover $ 365,750.00 paid for defective conductor computer chips. It is governed by the New York Uniform Commercial Code and jurisdiction is based on diversity of citizenship.
FINDINGS OF FACT
1. At all times the plaintiff was, and still is, a corporation organized under the laws of the Republic of Ireland, having is principal place of business in that country.
2. At all times mentioned the defendant was, and still is, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York, having its principal place of business in Nassau County within the State of New York and the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
3. The plaintiff seek to recover the sum of $ 365,750.00, exclusive of interest and costs.
4. The contract in question was made in Nassau County, New York.
5. The summons and complaint were mailed to the defendant, whose president actually received them, but failed to acknowledge receipt thereof. The defendant served but did not file an answer raising lack of in personam jurisdiction as a defense. Personal service was not made until after the statute of limitations had expired.
This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over an action brought by an alien corporation against a citizen of this State where the amount at issue exceeds $ 50,000.00 exclusive of interest and costs. 28 U.S.C. § 1332. Banco Nacional de Cuba v. Sabbatino, 307 F.2d 845 (2d Cir. 1962), r.o.g., 376 U.S. 398, 84 S. Ct. 923, 11 L. Ed. 2d 804; Bernstein v. N.V. Nederlandsche, etc., 173 F.2d 71 (2d Cir. 1949).
Venue is properly laid in this District. 28 U.S.C. § 1391(a).
In its answer to the plaintiff's complaint, the defendant raises the defense of lack of in personam jurisdiction over itself.
First, the defendant never acknowledged receipt of the summons and complaint as required by Rule 4(c)(2)(C) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. This rule may fairly be read as requiring that if the defendant fails to make a prompt written acknowledgment of receipt, in personam jurisdiction is not obtained until personal service is made. However, the Second Circuit does not so read the rule. It has held that service is effective when and if the defendant actually receives the summons and complaint. Failure to obtain a return receipt was a procedural defect. Although the rule then calls for personal service on the defendant this too is a procedural step, required only to enable the plaintiff to file proof thereof with the Court. Morse v. Elmira Country Club, 752 F.2d 35 (2d Cir. 1984). The failure to make the personal service was also held to be irrelevant if actual service was made. Lee v. Carlson, 645 F. Supp. 1430 (S.D.N.Y. 1986), aff'd, 812 F.2d 712 (2d Cir. 1987).
Second, the four year statute of limitations expired before the plaintiff took any corrective action to effect personal service. Thus the case is said to be subject to dismissal on this ground as well. This argument is rejected. The statute of limitations ceased to run when the summons and complaint were actually received. The mailing and actual receipt was a compliance with state law sufficient to stay the running of the statute of limitations. Morse, supra.
Third, the actual service of the summons and complaint was not made within 120 days of the filing of the complaint. This objection was promptly made after the service. It is said to require dismissal inasmuch as no good cause for the delay has been shown. Rule 4(j), Fed. R. Civ. P. This objection is also overruled. The defect is not jurisdictional and was waived by participating in pretrial proceedings without mentioning the defect in service. Datskow v. Teledyne, Inc., 899 F.2d 1298 (2d Cir. 1990). Under these circumstances, there was good cause for the delay in making the personal service.
A. This court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this action and the parties.
MERITS OF THE CASE
FINDINGS OF FACT
4. Both the plaintiff and the defendant are wholesale suppliers of components parts to computer manufacturers.
5. In response to a solicitation from Apple Computer Ltd., the plaintiff, Allied, ordered 50,000 computer chips from the defendant, Pulsar, at a unit price of $ 10.45. Pulsar accepted the order. It shipped the 50,000 chips to Allied, which in turn shipped them to Apple. Apple paid Allied its full agreed price and Allied in turn paid Pulsar its full agreed price, $ 365,750.00.
6. Apple made a timely inspection of the chips, found many to be defective, and rejected 35,000 of them. Apple returned the chips to Allied, which in turn returned them to Pulsar on August 19, 1989.
7. Pulsar never tendered replacement chips to Allied or returned the $ 365,750.00 to Allied.
8. Subsequently, Allied obtained 25,000 similar substitute parts at a cost of $ 70,875 ($ 2.835 each), which Apple accepted as applicable to its contract with Allied.
9. The parties agree that the defendant is entitled to recover $ 34,100.00 on a counterclaim.
The parties agree that this case is governed by the Uniform Commercial Code and that the sole issue for trial is whether Pulsar has cured the defective delivery as provided in § 2-508. Any defenses based on timeliness of the actions taken have been waived.
(1) Where any tender or delivery by the seller is rejected because non-conforming and the time for performance has not yet expired, the seller may seasonably notify the buyer of his intention to cure and may then within the contract time make a conforming delivery.