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Retamco Operating, Inc. v. Republic Drilling Co., 07-0599

In a dispute over jurisdiction involving an out-of-state company accused of violating the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA) by acting as the transferee of Texas oil and gas interests, lower court's ruling is reversed and defendant is found to be subject to the jurisdiction of Texas courts where: 1) defendant had minimum contacts with the state as it purposefully took assignment of Texas real property in the form of oil and gas interests; 2) the evidence demonstrates that the alleged tort occurred at least partly in Texas; 3) assertion of jurisdiction does not offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice as Texas has an interest in resolving controversies involving real property within its borders and it is more efficient to use Texas as the forum to resolve the dispute.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/27/2009
  • Published 02/27/2009

Judges

  • Justice GREEN delivered the opinion of the Court.

Court

  • Supreme Court of Texas

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • James L. Drought, Calhoun Bobbitt, Drought Drought & Bobbitt LLP, James W. Carter IV, San Antonio TX, for Petitioner.

  • For Appellees:
  • Juan M. Castillo, Ray B. Jeffrey, Patricia F. Miller, Stumpt Craddock Massey & Farrimond, PC, Jeffrey D. Small, Law Office of Jeff Small, San Antonio, Douglas Alexander, Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend, LLP, Austin TX, for Respondent.
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