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Kelly M. Lyons v. Rienzi & Sons

April 11, 2012

KELLY M. LYONS,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
RIENZI & SONS, INC., DEFENDANT.
RIENZI & SONS, INC., THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFF,
v.
BROOKLYN OFFICE STATEN ISLAND YACHT SALES, INC., GENMAR YACHT GROUP LLC, F/D/B/A CARVER BOAT CORPORATION LLC, MARQUIS YACHTS, LLC, CARVER BOAT CORPORATION LLC, DONALD L. BLOUNT & ASSOCIATES, NUVOLARI-LENARD NAVAL DESIGN, AND DOES 1 THROUGH 5, THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jack B. Weinstein, Senior United States District Judge:

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

URTE.D.N Y

Table of Contents

l. Introduction and Summary of Procedural History .......................................................................................... 2

II. Facts ................................................................................................................................................................ 4

Ill. Law ................................................................................................................................................................. 5

A. Rule l2(b)(2) Standard After Jurisdictional Discovery ............................................................................... 5

B. Personal Jurisdiction Analysis Pursuant to Forum Law ............................................................................... 5

1. General Jurisdiction-New York CPLR § 30 I ....................................................................................... 6

2. Long-Arm Statute and Specific Jurisdiction-New York CPLR § 302 .................................................. 6

3. Due Process Requirements ...................................................................................................................... 8

C. Rule 4(k)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure .................................................................................. 9

IV. Application of Law to Facts ................................................................................................................ : ......... 10

A. New York Long-Arm Statute and Due Process Clause ............................................................................. 10

B. Rule 4(k)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ................................................................................ 12 V. Conclusion .................................................................................................................................................... 12

I. Introduction and Summary oCProcedural History

A yacht designer, resident abroad, whose work was done in Europe, was sued after a seafarer was injured on a vessel, allegedly because of faulty naval architecture. It asserts lack of personal jurisdiction. As indicated below, there is no personal jurisdiction. It should also be noted that the movant's mere possession of an account on Facebook is not, in the context of this . case, a sufficient predicate for hauling it into a court in New York.

This memorandum and order should be read in conjunction with the memorandum and order to be filed shortly granting summary judgment in favor of third-party defendant Marquis Yachts, LLC ("Marquis").

Kelly Lyons sued defendant Rienzi & Sons, Inc. ("Rienzi"). He alleged that he was employed by Rienzi as the captain (and sole crew member) of a 65-foot yacht-the Brianna-owned by defendant, and that, in August 2008, he was injured after slipping and falling while working aboard the vessel. He claims that his injuries were caused by Rienzi's negligence in providing a slippery deck surface. See ...


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