Personal Jurisdiction. Consent.

Pena v R & B Transp., 2012 NY Slip Op 02389 (1st Dept., 2012)

Defendant R & B is a federally regulated motor carrier, covered by the Motor Carrier Act of 1935. Pursuant to that act, it appointed an agent for service of process in New York (49 USC 13304). The IAS court adopted the referee's finding that this was not a consent to jurisdiction over R & B in New York. This was error. We have previously addressed this precise question, and found that the appointment of an agent under the act is consent to suit in this State (Eagle v Hall & Sons, Inc., 265 AD 809 [1942]; see also Brinkmann v Adrian Carriers, Inc., 29 AD3d 615, 617 [2006]).

Truck driver Boyd, a Georgia resident, was driving from Florida to Massachusetts when the accident occurred in New Jersey. As such, there is no basis for personal jurisdiction over him (Daniel B. Katz & Assoc. Corp. v Midland Rushmore, LLC, 90 AD3d 977 [2011]).

 

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