CP #1109, LLC, and; Martin E. O'Boyle, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. CONTINENTAL MOTORS, INC., and; Continental Motors Services, Inc., Defendants-Appellees.
Decided: November 13, 2018
Before NIEMEYER, KING, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges.
Christopher J. Prezioso, DINSMORE & SHOHL, LLP, Lewisburg, West Virginia, for Appellants. Robert C. James, Wheeling, West Virginia, Mitchell B. Tuggle, FLAHERTY SENSABAUGH BONASSO PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia, for Appellees.
CP #1109, LLC and Martin E. O'Boyle appeal the district court's order granting Defendants’ Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(2) motion to dismiss this action for want of personal jurisdiction. We have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. Accordingly, we deny the motion for oral argument and affirm for the reasons stated by the district court. CP #1109, LLC v. Cont'l Motors, Inc., No. 5:17-cv-03036, 2018 WL 1309732 (S.D.W. Va. Mar. 13, 2018).* The court's dismissal, however, should have been without prejudice. See S. Walk at Broadlands Homeowner's Ass'n, Inc. v. OpenBand at Broadlands, LLC, 713 F.3d 175, 185 (4th Cir. 2013) (explaining that when a court “lacks jurisdiction [it] has no power to adjudicate and dispose of a claim on the merits”); see also Intera Corp. v. Henderson, 428 F.3d 605, 621 (6th Cir. 2005) (“[U]pon a determination that personal jurisdiction is lacking, a court should not dismiss a case on the merits.”). We therefore modify the district court's order to reflect that the dismissal of the complaint is without prejudice, and affirm the dismissal as modified. See 28 U.S.C. § 2106; MM ex rel. DM v. Sch. Dist. of Greenville Cty., 303 F.3d 523, 536 (4th Cir. 2002) (“[W]e are entitled to affirm the court's judgment on alternate grounds, if such grounds are apparent from the record.”).
We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED
FOOTNOTE. We reject Appellants’ assertion that the district court should have permitted jurisdictional discovery. Appellants had sufficient time to take discovery, and the relevant documents before the district court contained no specific facts that might have established that Appellees had the requisite minimum contacts with West Virginia. See Mylan Labs., Inc. v. Akzo, N.V., 2 F.3d 56, 64 (4th Cir. 1993). Accordingly, we conclude that the court's failure to order jurisdictional discovery was not an abuse of discretion.
Affirmed as modified by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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