Conn Appliances, Inc. v. Williams, No. 19-20139 (5th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of an action, seeking to compel compliance with the terms of the parties' retail installment contract, based on lack of personal jurisdiction. The court held that Conn failed to establish a prima facie case that the district court had personal jurisdiction over defendant where he entered into the retail installment contract with Conn at its Tennessee store, the contract provided that it would be governed by Tennessee and federal law, and the arbitration clause would be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act. Therefore, other than defendant entered into a contract with a Texas entity, there was no evidence in the record that defendant engaged with the Texas forum. Furthermore, Conn has not demonstrated any evidence that defendant purposefully availed himself of the Texas forum.