Hutchings v. Lee, 78-198

CourtSupreme Court of New Hampshire
Writing for the CourtBROCK
Citation398 A.2d 68,119 N.H. 85
PartiesViolet M. HUTCHINGS v. Esther LEE.
Docket NumberNo. 78-198,78-198
Decision Date14 February 1979

Page 68

398 A.2d 68
119 N.H. 85
Esther LEE.
No. 78-198.
Supreme Court of New Hampshire.
Feb. 14, 1979.

Page 69

[119 N.H. 86] Boynton, Waldron, Dill & Aeschliman, Portsmouth (Ralph R. Woodman, Jr., Portsmouth, orally), for plaintiff.

John C. Driscoll, Portsmouth, by brief and orally, for defendant.

BROCK, Justice.

This equity proceeding requires us to determine whether the superior court, on the facts presented, had in personam jurisdiction over a nonresident alleged to have committed one or more tortious acts within the State of New Hampshire. The defendant, a resident of Bristol, Connecticut, appeared specially through an attorney, contesting the jurisdiction of the Rockingham County Superior Court. The Trial Court (King, J.) denied her motion to dismiss on August 11, 1976, ruling that the provisions of the New Hampshire long-arm statute, RSA 510:4 (Supp.1977), were applicable and finding that the defendant had been properly served thereunder in Connecticut. Defendant excepted to the denial of her motion and failed to comply with a subsequent order of the court that she post a bond in the amount of $20,000 as a condition to an interlocutory appeal of the jurisdictional issue.

A hearing on the merits was held before the trial court on November 15, 1977, with plaintiff and her counsel present. Defendant and her counsel were not present, defendant's counsel having elected to rely on his position that the court had no jurisdiction over the defendant. A decree awarding judgment to plaintiff in the amount of $12,044.15, plus interest, costs and attorney's fees, and ordering the defendant to [119 N.H. 87] return certain personalty to the plaintiff was issued by the Court (Bean, J.) on August 29, 1977. We affirm.

The plaintiff is an eighty-three-year-old resident of Portsmouth. During October and November 1975, she was a patient at the Portsmouth Hospital. The defendant, formerly the plaintiff's daughter-in-law, came from Connecticut to visit her at the hospital and while here obtained the keys to the plaintiff's Portsmouth apartment. Before the plaintiff was discharged from the hospital, the defendant entered her apartment and removed several valuable items of personal property. These included a passbook to a savings account at a Portsmouth bank, a stock certificate, a coin collection, and two oil paintings. The defendant returned to Connecticut, taking these items with her. On November 5, 1975, the defendant, as a...

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