TransFirst Group Inc et al v. Magliarditi et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: The court determines that it has personal jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi, the Trust Defendants, DII Capital, Inc., ATM Enterprises, LLC, and Spartan Payment Solutions, LLC. Whether the court has personal jurisdiction over Mrs. Magliarditi, as sued in her individual capacity, DFM Holdings, Ltd., and DFM Holdings, LP, will be addressed in a separate order, which will also address the remainder of Defendants' arguments presented in their respective motions. (Ordered by Judge Sam A Lindsay on 2/9/2017) (sss)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
TRANSFIRST GROUP, INC. f/k/a
TransFirst Holdings, Inc., et al.,
DOMINIC J. MAGLIARDITI;
FRANCINE MAGLIARDITI, in her
individual capacity, and as trustee of
FRM TRUST, DJM IRREVOCABLE
TRUST and the FANE TRUST; ATM
ENTERPRISES, LLC; DII CAPITAL,
INC.; DFM HOLDINGS, LTD.; DFM
HOLDINGS, LP; DII PROPERTIES
LLC; and SPARTAN PAYMENT
Civil Action No. 3:16-CV-1918-L
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Before the court are Defendant Dominic J. Magliarditi’s Amended Rule 12 Motion to
Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction, Improper Venue, and for Failure to State a Claim,
Motion for More Definite Statement, and Motion to Strike, filed August 24, 2016 (Doc. 14); and
the remaining Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction, Improper Venue,
and Failure to State a Claim, Motion for More Definite Statement, and Motion to Strike, filed
September 15, 2016 (Doc. 18). After careful consideration of the motions, pleadings, record, and
applicable law, the court determines that it has personal jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi; Francine
Magliarditi, as sued in her capacity as trustee of FRM Trust, DJM Irrevocable Trust, and Fane
Trust; DII Capital, Inc.; ATM Enterprises, LLC; and Spartan Payment Solutions, LLC. The court
is in the process of determining the remainder of Defendants’ challenges presented in their
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respective motions, and whether it has personal jurisdiction over Mrs. Magliarditi, as sued in her
individual capacity, DFM Holdings, Ltd., and DFM Holdings, LP, all of which will be addressed
in a separate order in the near future.
Factual History and Procedural Background
Plaintiffs are TransFirst Group, Inc. f/k/a TransFirst Holdings, Inc. (“Transfirst”), a
Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Hauppauge, New York; and two
Delaware limited liability companies, TransFirst Third Party Sales, LLC and Payment Resources
International, LLC, whose sole member is TransFirst. Plaintiffs have a judgment in the amount of
$4,486,725 against Defendant Dominic J. Magliarditi (“Mr. Magliarditi”). The judgment was
obtained in a separate lawsuit brought by Plaintiffs against Mr. Magliarditi and others in 2006.
See TransFirst Holdings, Inc., et al. v. Dominic J. Magliarditi, et al., Case No. 3:06-CV-2303-C,
in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (the “2006 Action”). 1
Following a three-week bench trial in 2009, the Honorable Jorge A. Solis adjudged Mr. Magliarditi
and other entities liable for mail and wire fraud in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) and found that Mr. Magliarditi had lied under oath in sworn
interrogatory responses and affidavits. On August 30, 2011, Judge Solis entered a final judgment
and, after several amendments, on April 22, 2013, entered the Third Amended Final Judgment (the
“Judgment”) against Mr. Magliarditi and the other entities and in favor of Plaintiffs in the amount
The court takes judicial notice of the docket sheet and filings in the 2006 Action. See Taylor v.
Charter Med. Corp., 162 F.3d 827, 830 (5th Cir. 1998); see also Fed. R. Evid. 201. Further, on May 2,
2016, following the retirement of the Honorable Chief Judge Jorge A. Solis, the 2006 Action was transferred
to the docket of the Honorable Sam R. Cummings, Senior United States District Judge.
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In June 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the
Judgment. TransFirst Holdings Inc. v. Magliarditi, 574 F. App’x 345 (5th Cir. 2014). Between
entry of the Judgment, and continuing until the present, Plaintiffs have sought to uncover Mr.
Magliarditi’s assets and to enforce the Judgment in this District, as well as in California and
Nevada. Among other things, a postjudgment discovery dispute between Plaintiffs and Mr.
Magliarditi was referred to Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney who, on August 6, 2015, overruled
Mr. Magliarditi’s objections to postjudgment discovery requests, sanctioned him, and ordered him
to travel to Texas at his own expense to testify in a postjudgment deposition in the court’s
Chambers in Dallas, which took place on September 16, 2015. That litigation is ongoing, as
evidenced by recent docket entries in 2016 and 2017.
On June 30, 2016, Plaintiffs filed this lawsuit against judgment debtor Mr. Magliarditi and
several defendants who were not parties to the 2006 Action, alleging that Mr. Magliarditi
fraudulently transferred assets to these new defendants in an effort to frustrate Plaintiffs’ ongoing
efforts to collect on the Judgment. The new defendants include Mr. Magliarditi’s wife, Francine
Magliarditi (“Mrs. Magliarditi”), sued in her individual capacity and as trustee of FRM Trust, DJM
Irrevocable Trust, and Fane Trust (the “Trust Defendants”); as well as ATM Enterprises LLC; DII
Capital, Inc.; DFM Holdings, Ltd.; DFM Holdings, LP; DII Properties LLC; and Spartan Payment
Solutions, LLC (the “Shell Company Defendants”).
In Plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint (“Complaint” or “Compl.”) (Doc. 11), Plaintiffs
allege that, to date, Mr. Magliarditi has only paid $62 toward the Judgment. Plaintiffs allege that
Mr. Magliarditi and Mrs. Magliarditi “are working together to defraud Plaintiffs and prevent them
from collecting on the Judgment by hiding and transferring assets through the use of a labyrinth
of layered shell companies and trusts [which are] shams, existing for no reason other than to hide
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assets, defraud Transfirst, and otherwise act as the alter ego of [Mr. Magliarditi].” Id. at 2. Seeking
to unwind the alleged fraudulent transfers and to hold Mrs. Magliarditi, the Trust Defendants, and
the Shell Company Defendants liable for the Judgment entered in the 2006 Action, Plaintiffs assert
the following causes of action: (1) fraudulent transfers under the Texas Uniform Fraudulent
Transfer Act (“TUFTA”), Tex. Bus. & Com. Code §§ 24.006(b) and 24.005(a); (2) unjust
enrichment; and (3) alter ego, alleging that Mrs. Magliarditi, the Trust Defendants, and the Shell
Company Defendants “are alter-egos of [Mr. Magliarditi] and, therefore, they should be held
jointly and severally liable with [him] on the Judgment.”
Compl. at 2-3.
compensatory damages, restitution, punitive and exemplary damages, attorney’s fees, injunctive
relief, appointment of a receiver, and any other relief to which they are entitled. Id. at 30-31.
Defendants have moved to dismiss the Complaint on a variety of grounds, including for
lack of personal jurisdiction, improper venue, and for failure to state a claim; or, alternatively,
request that the court strike portions of the Complaint and direct Plaintiffs to file more
particularized averments with regard to the fraudulent conveyance claim pursuant to Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 12(e). Having considered the motions, pleadings, record, and applicable law,
the court finds that it has personal jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi, the Trust Defendants, DII
Capital, Inc., ATM Enterprises, LLC, and Spartan Payment Solutions, LLC. The remaining
arguments raised in Defendants’ respective motions and also whether the court has personal
jurisdiction over Mrs. Magliarditi, sued in her individual capacity, DFM Holdings, Ltd., and DFM
Holdings, LP, will be addressed in a separate order which is forthcoming.
Legal Standards for Rule 12(b)(2) - Lack of Personal Jurisdiction
On a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, the plaintiff bears the burden of
establishing a prima facie case for the court’s jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant. See Ham
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v. La Cienega Music Co., 4 F.3d 413, 415 (5th Cir. 1993); Stuart v. Spademan, 772 F.2d 1185,
1192 (5th Cir. 1985). When the court rules on the motion without an evidentiary hearing, the
plaintiff may establish personal jurisdiction by presenting a prima facie case that personal
jurisdiction is proper, id.; proof by a preponderance of the evidence is not required. International
Truck and Engine Corp. v. Quintana, 259 F. Supp. 2d 553, 556 (N.D. Tex. 2003) (citing WNS, Inc.
v. Farrow, 884 F.2d 200, 203 (5th Cir. 1989)). The court may determine the jurisdictional issue
by receiving affidavits, interrogatories, depositions, oral testimony, or any combination of the
recognized methods of discovery. Stuart, 772 F.2d at 1192. Uncontroverted allegations in a
plaintiff’s complaint must be taken as true, and conflicts between the facts contained in the parties’
affidavits must be resolved in favor of the plaintiff. Bullion v. Gillespie, 895 F.2d 213, 217 (5th
Cir. 1990). After a plaintiff makes his prima facie case, the burden then shifts to the defendant to
present “a compelling case that the presence of some other consideration would render jurisdiction
unreasonable.” Burger King Corp. v. Rudzewicz, 471 U.S. 462, 477 (1985).
A federal court has jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant if the state long-arm statute
confers personal jurisdiction over that defendant, and if the exercise of jurisdiction is consistent
with due process under the United States Constitution. Ruston Gas Turbines, Inc. v. Donaldson
Co., Inc., 9 F.3d 415, 418 (5th Cir. 1993). Because the Texas long-arm statute extends to the limits
of federal due process, Schlobohm v. Schapiro, 784 S.W.2d 355, 357 (Tex. 1990), the court must
determine whether (1) the defendants have established “minimum contacts” with the forum state;
and, (2) whether the exercise of personal jurisdiction over the defendants would offend “traditional
notions of fair play and substantial justice.” Ruston Gas, 9 F.3d at 418 (citing International Shoe
Co. v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310, 316 (1945)).
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The “minimum contacts” prong is satisfied when a defendant “purposefully avails itself of
the privilege of conducting activities within the forum state, thus invoking the benefits and
protections of its laws.” Burger King, 471 U.S. at 475. The nonresident defendant’s availment
must be such that the defendant “should reasonably anticipate being haled into court” in the forum
state. World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson, 444 U.S. 286, 297 (1980). This test “ensures
that a defendant will not be haled into a jurisdiction solely as a result of ‘random,’ ‘fortuitous,’ or
‘attenuated’ contacts, or of the ‘unilateral activity of another party or a third person.’” Burger
King, 471 U.S. at 475 (citations omitted). The “minimum contacts” prong of the inquiry may be
subdivided into contacts that give rise to “specific” personal jurisdiction and those that give rise to
“general” personal jurisdiction. Marathon Oil Co. v. A.G. Ruhrgas, 182 F.3d 291, 295 (5th Cir.
1999). Specific jurisdiction is only appropriate when the nonresident defendant’s contacts with
the forum state arise from, or are directly related to, the cause of action. Helicopteros Nacionales
de Colombia, S.A. v. Hall, 466 U.S. 408, 414 n.8 (1984). The exercise of general personal
jurisdiction is proper when the nonresident defendant’s contacts with the forum state, even if
unrelated to the cause of action, are continuous, systematic, and substantial. Id. at 414 n.9.
In evaluating the second prong of the due process test, the court must examine a number
of factors in order to determine fairness and reasonableness, including: (1) the defendant’s burden;
(2) the forum state’s interests; (3) the plaintiff’s interest in convenient and effective relief; (4) the
judicial system’s interest in efficient resolution of controversies; and (5) the state’s shared interest
in furthering social policies. Asahi Metals Indus. Co. v. Superior Court, 480 U.S. 102, 112 (1987).
As noted above, “once minimum contacts are established, a defendant must present ‘a compelling
case that the presence of some consideration would render jurisdiction unreasonable.’” Eviro
Petroleum, Inc. v. Kondur Petroleum, 79 F. Supp. 2d 720, 725 (S.D. Tex. 1999) (quoting Burger
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King, 471 U.S. at 277). In fact, “[o]nly in rare cases . . . will the exercise of jurisdiction not
comport with fair play and substantial justice when the nonresident defendant has purposefully
established minimum contacts with the forum state.” Id.
(quoting Guardian Royal Exch.
Assurance, Ltd. v. English China Clays, P.L.C., 815 S.W.2d 223, 231 (Tex. 1991)).
Defendants move to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. The court first addresses
whether Plaintiffs have met their burden of presenting a prima facie case for the exercise of
personal jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi.
Personal Jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi
Personal jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi is premised primarily on the court’s inherent
authority to enforce its Judgment entered in the 2006 Action, where Judge Solis found that the
court had personal jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi and entered a Judgment against him in the
amount of $4,486,725. Second, Plaintiffs assert that the court has personal jurisdiction over Mr.
Magliarditi because he has conducted business in Texas for over a decade and committed specific
acts in Texas that give rise to this lawsuit.
The court finds that it has personal jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi. This lawsuit is in
essence a continuation of a series of postjudgment proceedings to enforce the Judgment in the
2006 Action and to halt the alleged secretion and dissipation of assets by Mr. Magliarditi. Because
Plaintiffs now seek to enforce the Judgment not only against Mr. Magliarditi but also against nonparties to the 2006 Action under the alter-ego doctrine, the proper vehicle is to file this related
action, rather than initiate turnover proceedings under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 31.002 in
the 2006 Action. See generally Bollore v. Import Warehouse, Inc., 448 F.3d 317, 322 (5th Cir.
2006) (and cases cited therein) (“Texas courts construing the turnover statute have expressly and
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consistently held that it may be used to reach only the assets of the parties to the judgment, not the
assets of non-judgment third parties.”); see also Maiz v. Virani, 2000 WL 34200775, at *3 (N.D.
Tex. Sep. 7, 2000) (Sanders, J.) (“One cannot use the [Texas] turnover statute to reach the assets
of corporations [that] are allegedly alter egos of the Judgment Debtors without a separate
proceeding to pierce the corporate veil.”). Nonetheless, the Judgment in the Northern District of
Texas is sufficient to create specific jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi for the narrow category of
actions, such as this one, to enforce the Judgment against him.
Moreover, Mr. Magliarditi has been litigating in Texas since 2006, and continues to defend
the 2006 Action in the Northern District of Texas, clearly invoking the benefits and protections of
Texas laws. The cause of action here—to collect on the Judgment against Mr. Magliarditi (and
hold the alleged alter-ego Defendants liable for the Judgment)—obviously has a substantial nexus
with that activity. Thus, this court, and other courts in Texas, have personal jurisdiction over Mr.
Magliarditi to enforce the Judgment, whether by way of the turnover statute or this related lawsuit.
See generally Wilmington Trust Co. v. Hellas Telecommc’ns, 2016 WL 7339112, at *8 (S.D.N.Y.
Aug. 4, 2016) (In an action brought by a judgment creditor against an out-of-state judgment debtor
and other alleged alter egos of the debtor alleging conversion and unjust enrichment, a previously
entered New York judgment was sufficient to create personal jurisdiction in New York over the
out-of-state judgment debtor “for the narrow category of actions to enforce a judgment.”);
Limbright v. Hofmeister, 2009 WL 915803, at *5 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 31, 2009) (In an action brought
by a judgment creditor against an out-of-state judgment debtor alleging fraudulent conveyance by
debtor to alleged alter-ego defendants in frustration of the judgment, the court retained personal
jurisdiction over out-of-state judgment debtor who had “submitted to [its] jurisdiction in the first
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place, [and therefore remained] subject to [its] continued jurisdiction relating to the same issue,
even if [the] subsequent action is based on a modified complaint.”).
Further, this is not one of those rare cases in which the court’s exercise of personal
jurisdiction over Mr. Magliarditi would offend “traditional notions of fair play and substantial
justice.” Ruston Gas, 9 F.3d at 418 (citing International Shoe, 326 U.S. at 316). As aptly stated by
Courts do not sit for the idle ceremony of making orders and pronouncing
judgments, the enforcement of which may be flouted, obstructed, and violated with
impunity, with no power in the tribunal to punish the offender. [Federal] courts,
equally with those of the state, are possessed of ample power to protect the
administration of justice from being thus hampered or interfered with.
Waffenschmidt v. MacKay, 763 F.2d 711, 716 (5th Cir. 1985) (quoting Berry v. Midtown Serv.
Corp., 104 F.2d 107, 110 (2d Cir. 1939)).
For the foregoing reasons, the court finds that it has personal jurisdiction over judgment
debtor Mr. Magliarditi. The court now addresses whether it may exercise personal jurisdiction
over the Trust Defendants, DII Capital, Inc., ATM Enterprises, LLC, and Spartan Payment
Personal Jurisdiction over the Trust Defendants, DII Capital, Inc., ATM
Enterprises, LLC, and Spartan Payment Solutions, LLC
Personal jurisdiction over the Trust Defendants, DII Capital, Inc., ATM Enterprises, LLC,
and Spartan Payment Solutions, LLC (collectively, the “Entity Defendants”) is premised on (i) the
theory that they have engaged in intentional conduct designed to cause harm in Texas, namely, a
scheme to defraud Plaintiffs out of money owed them under the Judgment; and (ii) various
piercing-the-corporate-veil theories, including alter ego and sham to perpetrate fraud on Plaintiffs.
The court first addresses Plaintiffs’ argument that the court has specific personal jurisdiction over
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the Entity Defendants based on their alleged participation in a tortious scheme to defraud Plaintiffs
and defeat their ability to collect amounts owed under the Judgment.
1. Minimum Contacts Analysis
Plaintiffs argue that even though the Entity Defendants may be participating in this alleged
scheme from Nevada, this does not place them beyond this court’s reach, as the harm they are
causing is being felt in Texas. In advancing this argument, Plaintiffs rely on Calder v. Jones, 465
U.S. 783 (1984), which, as interpreted by the Fifth Circuit, held that “an act done outside the state
that has consequences or effects within the state will suffice as a basis for jurisdiction in a suit
arising from those consequences if the effects are seriously harmful and were intended or highly
likely to follow from the nonresident defendant’s conduct.” Guidry v. U.S. Tobacco Co., 188 F.3d
619, 628 (5th Cir. 1999) (citing Calder, 465 U.S. at 789-90). Plaintiffs also reference this court’s
application of Calder in Sourcing Management, Inc. v. Simclar, Inc., 118 F. Supp. 3d 899, 910-11
(N.D. Tex. 2015) (Lindsay, J.); and applied by the Fifth Circuit in Dontos v. Vendomation NZ Ltd.,
582 F. App’x 338, 344-45 (5th Cir. 2014), and Mullins v. TestAmerica, Inc., 564 F.3d 386, 402
(5th Cir. 2009). See Pls.’ Resp. Br. 4-6 (Doc. 27). Plaintiffs contend that these cases provide the
legal authority to allow this court to exercise personal jurisdiction over the Entity Defendants. The
Plaintiffs’ reliance on Sourcing Management, Dontos, and Mullins is misplaced, and their
interpretation of these cases is unduly expansive and goes far beyond what those courts held. In
Sourcing Management, the court concluded that the plaintiff “made a prima facie showing that
[defendant] established minimum contacts with Texas sufficient for [it] to exercise specific
jurisdiction over [defendant]” when the defendant “intentionally impaired [plaintiffs’] ability to
collect on its Texas judgment . . . by colluding to transfer [another defendants’] assets via a private
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foreclosure sale.” 118 F. Supp. 3d at 911. In Dontos, the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court
and held that personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants was present where plaintiff alleged
that defendants participated in a scheme to fraudulently transfer assets to prevent a Texas creditorplaintiff from collecting a pre-existing Texas judgment in violation of TUFTA. 582 F. App’x at
348. In Mullins, the Fifth Circuit upheld the district court’s exercise of personal jurisdiction over
a nonresident defendant that had no other contacts with Texas except for its involvement in a
fraudulent transfer scheme that affected “a known, major creditor in Texas whose right to payment
arises out of contracts that share a strong connection with Texas.” 564 F.3d at 402.
There is a notable distinction between this case, on the one hand, and Sourcing
Management, Dontos, and Mullins, on the other hand. Each of those cases involved plaintiffs that
were Texas residents, and this, among other things, created a connection to Texas aside from the
judgment issued in a Texas court. Sourcing Management involved a Texas creditor attempting to
collect on its Texas Judgment. 118 F. Supp. 3d at 910. Dontos involved transfers that impaired
the rights of a Texas resident. In explaining its reason for exercising personal jurisdiction, the
court in Dontos stated: “[W]hen a nonresident defendant receives Texas property or a Texas
contract, for the purpose of defrauding a Texas resident, the nonresident defendant is subject to
suit in Texas courts.” 582 F. App’x at 347 (citing Retamco Operating, Inc. v. Republic Drilling
Co., 278 S.W.3d 333, 341 (Tex. 2009)). In Mullins, the “debtor-creditor relationship between [the
parties] [was] centered in Texas.” 564 F. 3d at 402. The plaintiff in Mullins was a Texas creditor,
the conduct that thwarted payment occurred in Texas, and the parties’ business relationship
contract was governed by Texas law; therefore, the case involved multiple contacts with Texas
separate from the judgment.
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In this case, there are no allegations that the fraudulent transfers occurred in Texas or
involved any Texas entities. According to the Complaint, the entities that allegedly participated
in the transfers are domiciled in Nevada, and Plaintiffs that are unable to recover on the Judgment
are domiciled in Delaware and New York. While Transfirst had a principal place of business in
Dallas, Texas, when it initiated the 2006 Action alleging RICO violations, Transfirst has since
moved its principal place of business to Hauppauge, New York. The only connection to Texas
that Plaintiffs have is the Judgment issued in the 2006 Action. Plaintiffs have failed to cite any
case to support their argument that the Judgment itself, without more, is sufficient to allow the
court to exercise personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants who were not parties to the
underlying action in which the Judgment was issued.
In sum, Plaintiffs have failed to establish a prima facie case that the Entity Defendants have
sufficient minimum contacts with Texas such that the exercise of personal jurisdiction over them
would be proper. See Burger King, 471 U.S. at 475.
2. Alter-Ego Analysis
As an alternative to the traditional minimum contacts analysis, Plaintiffs argue that
personal jurisdiction may be exercised over the Entity Defendants because they are alter egos of
a. Personal Jurisdiction Over an Alter Ego
The Fifth Circuit has recognized that personal jurisdiction may be established over an
individual or corporation through a piercing-the-corporate-veil or alter-ego theory. See Patin v.
Thoroughbred Power Boats, Inc., 294 F.3d 640, 653 (5th Cir. 2002). As the Fifth Circuit explained
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[F]ederal courts have consistently acknowledged that it is compatible with due process for
a court to exercise personal jurisdiction over an individual or a corporation that would not
otherwise be subject to personal jurisdiction in that court when the individual or
corporation is an alter ego or successor of a corporation that would be subject to personal
jurisdiction in that court. The theory underlying these cases is that, because the two
corporations (or the corporation and its individual alter ego) are the same entity, the
jurisdictional contacts of the one are the jurisdictional contacts of the other for the purposes
of the International Shoe due process analysis.
Patin, 294 F.3d at 653. “Further, the piercing-the-corporate-veil test for attribution of contacts,
i.e., personal jurisdiction, is less stringent than for liability.” Ingenious Invs., Inc. v. Bombart,
2006 WL 1582080, at *3 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 20, 2006) (McBryde, J.) (internal quotation marks and
The alter-ego doctrine permits a court to disregard the corporate fiction under certain
circumstances to hold an individual liable for the debts of a corporation or to hold a corporation
liable for the debts of an individual. See Leon, Ltd. v. Albuquerque Commons P’ship, 862 S.W.2d
693, 707 (Tex. App.—El Paso 1993, no writ). Traditional veil-piercing uses the alter-ego doctrine
to break through corporate formalities and include the assets of a shareholder or other corporate
insider as assets of a corporation. See In re Moore, 379 B.R. 284, 291 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2007).
Reverse veil-piercing, at issue in this case, “is a common law doctrine recognized in many states,
including Nevada and Texas, that renders the assets of a corporation liable for the debts of a
corporate insider based on a showing that the corporate entity is actually the alter ego of the
individual.” Clapper v. American Realty Investors, Inc., 2015 WL 3504856, at *9 (N.D. Tex. June
3, 2015) (Fitzwater, J.) (and cases cited therein). Nevada courts have held that “[i]t is particularly
appropriate to apply the alter ego doctrine in ‘reverse’ when the controlling party uses the
controlled entity to hide assets or secretly to conduct business to avoid a pre-existing liability of
the controlling party.” LFC Mktg. Grp., Inc. v. Loomis, 116 Nev. 896, 903 (Nev. 2000).
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b. The Entity Defendants
The court now turns to the Entity Defendants. Under Nevada law, courts consider the
following factors as indicative of the existence of an alter-ego relationship: “commingling of
funds; (2) undercapitalization; (3) unauthorized diversion of funds; (4) treatment of corporate
assets as the individual’s own; and (5) failure to observe corporate formalities.” LFC Mktg. Grp.,
116 Nev. at 904 (citation omitted). Nevada courts, however, have emphasized that “[t]here is no
litmus test for determining when the corporate fiction should be disregarded; the result depends on
the circumstances of each case.” Id. (citation omitted). Having considered the motion, pleadings,
and applicable law, the court concludes that Plaintiffs have set forth sufficient allegations under
the alter-ego and veil-piercing doctrines to establish a prima facie case of personal jurisdiction
over the Entity Defendants. See Compl. ¶¶ 44-60, 91-107.
Further, as alleged alter egos of Mr. Magliarditi, over whom the court has personal
jurisdiction, and in light of Plaintiffs’ demonstrated inability to collect on the Judgment
notwithstanding several years of postjudgment discovery and proceedings, the court concludes that
this is not one of those rare cases in which the court’s exercise of personal jurisdiction over the
Entity Defendants would offend “traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.” Ruston
Gas, 9 F.3d at 418 (citing International Shoe, 326 U.S. at 316).
For the reasons herein stated, the court determines that it has personal jurisdiction over Mr.
Magliarditi, the Trust Defendants, DII Capital, Inc., ATM Enterprises, LLC, and Spartan Payment
Solutions, LLC. Whether the court has personal jurisdiction over Mrs. Magliarditi, as sued in her
individual capacity, DFM Holdings, Ltd., and DFM Holdings, LP, will be addressed in a separate
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order, which will also address the remainder of Defendants’ arguments presented in their
It is so ordered this 9th day of February, 2017.
Sam A. Lindsay
United States District Judge
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