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California Court of Appeal

HealthMarkets, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, B211881

Plaintiff's motion to quash service of summons based on lack of personal jurisdiction is granted where the mere ownership of a subsidiary does not constitute purposeful availment and subject a nonresident parent company to specific personal jurisdiction based on the subsidiary's forum contacts. A parent company purposefully avails itself of forum benefits through the activities of its subsidiary only if the parent has a substantial connection with the forum state, which the defendant failed to establish.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/09/2009
  • Published 03/09/2009




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Andre J. Cronthall, Fred R. Puglisi, Los Angeles, and Catherine La Tempa for Petitioner., Law Offices of Robert K. Scott, Irvine, D. Scott Mohney;  Law Offices of Randy D. Curry and Randy D. Curry, Newport Beach, for Real Party in Interest.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent.
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