Durkan Enterprises, Inc. v. COHUTTA BANKING, Civ. A. No. C80-755A.

CourtU.S. District Court — Northern District of Georgia
Writing for the CourtA. Felton Jenkins, Jr., King & Spalding, Atlanta, Ga., for defendant
Citation501 F. Supp. 350
Decision Date10 December 1980
Docket NumberCiv. A. No. C80-755A.
PartiesDURKAN ENTERPRISES, INC. v. COHUTTA BANKING COMPANY, a Corporation of the State of Georgia, W. H. Whitley, Jerry L. Holmer, Randy A. Gordon, Robert L. Mcentire, W. W. Fincher, Jr., J. Tucker Brown, William Keith, Ralph England, and Cumberland Carpet Company, a Corporation of the State of Georgia.

501 F. Supp. 350

DURKAN ENTERPRISES, INC.
v.
COHUTTA BANKING COMPANY, a Corporation of the State of Georgia, W. H. Whitley, Jerry L. Holmer, Randy A. Gordon, Robert L. Mcentire, W. W. Fincher, Jr., J. Tucker Brown, William Keith, Ralph England, and Cumberland Carpet Company, a Corporation of the State of Georgia.

Civ. A. No. C80-755A.

United States District Court, N. D. Georgia, Atlanta Division.

December 10, 1980.


501 F. Supp. 351

Jonathan Marks, New York City, for plaintiff.

A. Felton Jenkins, Jr., King & Spalding, Atlanta, Ga., for defendant.

ORDER

TIDWELL, District Judge.

The above-styled diversity matter is an action for wrongful repossession of certain equipment, malicious interference with business relations, and for malicious conspiracy to ruin the plaintiff's business in Georgia. Durkan Enterprises, Inc. ("Durkan"), a New York corporation with its principal place of business in New York, began making contractual commitments for the manufacture of carpets in Georgia in 1971. Durkan continued the process of having carpets manufactured in the Dalton-Chatsworth, Georgia area on a commission basis through various independent contractors until the fall of 1976 when Durkan purchased a carpet manufacturing plant in Chatsworth, Georgia. The purchase was financed by the Cohutta Banking Company. In April, 1978 a certain piece of tufting machinery was purchased with the proceeds of a loan from Cohutta to defendant Ralph England. Cohutta retained a security interest in the tufting machine which was used by Durkan and housed in its Chatsworth plant. This machine was repossessed in December, 1979 allegedly damaging the plaintiff's business and precipitating the filing of the instant action.

The complaint in this matter was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 17, 1980. Subsequently, the Georgia defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction. The United States Small Business Administration, initially a defendant, also moved for dismissal, or in the alternative, to transfer the action for improper venue. By stipulation of the plaintiff and the Small Business Administration, the Small Business Administration was dismissed without prejudice in April, 1980. Over the opposition of the

501 F. Supp. 352
Georgia defendants, the district court granted the plaintiff's motion to transfer the case to this district by order dated April 17, 1980

The matter is currently before the court on the defendants' motion to dismiss this action or, in the alternative, grant summary judgment on the grounds that the plaintiff, a foreign corporation, did not obtain a certificate of authority to transact business in...

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  • Kinetic Concepts, Inc. v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Civ. A. No. C81-875A
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. Northern District of Georgia
    • January 4, 1985
    ...are founded on diversity of citizenship should be dismissed without prejudice. Durkan Enterprises, Inc. v. Cohutta Banking Company, 501 F.Supp. 350 (N.D. Ga.1980) (Tidwell, J.). On this basis, Southern Medical and Lyle have moved to dismiss plaintiff's pendent state claims. Kinetic makes tw......
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  • Kinetic Concepts, Inc. v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Civ. A. No. C81-875A
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. Northern District of Georgia
    • January 4, 1985
    ...are founded on diversity of citizenship should be dismissed without prejudice. Durkan Enterprises, Inc. v. Cohutta Banking Company, 501 F.Supp. 350 (N.D. Ga.1980) (Tidwell, J.). On this basis, Southern Medical and Lyle have moved to dismiss plaintiff's pendent state claims. Kinetic makes tw......

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