West Wind Air LLC v. Thrush Aircraft Inc
ORDER: The Court made a mistake in its recent Order about personal jurisdiction over Thrush. The Court regrets its misstatement of the law about the record. Having recognized it, and reconsidered with that law correctly in mind, the Court stands by its conclusion: personal jurisdiction over Thrush in this case doesn't offend due process. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 6/16/2017. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
WEST WIND AIR LLC, dfb/a ChrisAir
THRUSH AIRCRAFT INC.
The Court made a mistake in its recent Order about personal
jurisdiction over Thrush. The law required the Court to take the record in the
light most favorable to the non-moving party, and resolve any disputed facts
in that party's favor. Dakota Industries, Inc. v. Dakota Sportswear, Inc., 946 F.2d
1384, 1387 (8th Cir. 1991). The Court said it was doing the reverse-giving
Thrush (the movant) the benefit of the record, rather than looking at things
from (non-movant) Chris Air's perspective. NQ 36 at 2. The Court, therefore,
has reconsidered its Order, revisited the record, and pondered whether its
mistake made any difference in its decision.
For several reasons, the Court concludes its mistake had no bite. First,
at the most abstract level, the mistake had the potential to work against Chris
Air, the party who prevailed on jurisdiction, and work for Thrush, the party
who lost. Second, the rule of law about who gets the benefit of the record had
little or no work to do in this dispute- almost all the jurisdictionally weighty
facts were undisputed. Instead, the parties argued hard about the legal
significance of those undisputed facts. Genuine disputes existed about Chris
Air's post-accident contacts with Arkansas. Based on timing alone, though,
the Court concluded that those facts shouldn't be considered at all, and they
were not. Ng 36 at 3-5. This benefitted Thrush. And there was an actual
dispute about the facts surrounding Thrush's possible plan to make direct
sales to Arkansas about a decade ago.
The Court noted this plan in
passing- at the same time it noted that Thrush had never sold a plane directly
to an Arkansas buyer. Ng 36 at 3. That was, the Court thought, and still
thinks, a fair way of capturing that history. It was a wash. The Court has
looked but found no other facts where this rule of law was in play.
The Court regrets its misstatement of the law about the record. Having
recognized it, and reconsidered with that law correctly in mind, the Court
stands by its conclusion: personal jurisdiction over Thrush in this case
doesn't offend due process.
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
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