New Personal Jurisdiction Decision

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has issued a new opinion finding that Tennessee has in personam over a Georgia bank sued by a Tennessee business.

Progeny Marketing v. Farmers and Merchants Bank arises out of a claim by the plaintiff that it was not paid for certain work it did for the defendant bank. The trial judge ruled that bank could not be sued in Tennessee, but the Court of Appeals, in an opinion written by Judge Cain, held to the contrary.

The opinion does not represent new law, but is brought to your attention because it is one of the rare jurisdiction cases decided by our appellate courts. The opinion will be particularly helpful to Tennessee individuals and companies who sign service contracts with out of state entities.