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Case No. 18-0738

NPZ, Inc. d/b/a ZTraps
v.
Ultra Image Powder Coating and Altra Corporation, d/b/a Ultra Image Powder Coating

Appellant

NPZ, Inc. d/b/a ZTraps

Appellee

Ultra Image Powder Coating and Altra Corporation, d/b/a Ultra Image Powder Coating

Attorneys for Appellant

Jason B. Bottlinger

Attorneys for Appellee

Brian D. Moore

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-0738
Date Published:
Jul 24, 2019
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Crawford County, Steven J. Andreasen, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Heard by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (18 pages)

            Live-trap manufacturer N.P.Z., Inc. (ZTraps) appeals the district court’s dismissal of its suit against Ultra Image Powder Coating (Altra), arguing the court erroneously concluded it lacked specific personal jurisdiction over Altra.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Altra purposely directed activities at Iowa, and because the litigation arises out of or relates to those activities, Altra’s contacts with Iowa are sufficient to subject it to personal jurisdiction.  And we do not believe subjecting Altra to suit in Iowa offends traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.  Accordingly, we reverse the district court’s dismissal and remand for further proceedings.

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