Court of Appeals: Div. I: Purposeful Availment Still the Standard for Personal Jurisdiction
This case arose out of a declaratory judgment action brought by a group of lenders in Washington to enforce remedies arising out of the $30 million dollar delinquency of a group of California borrowers.
The issues in this appeal involved: 1. Whether a Washington court had personal jurisdiction over the California borrowers, 2. What state’s law governed the dispute, and 3. Whether the parties were entitled to attorneys fees and costs.
The Court of Appeals determined that because MKA had purposefully availed itself of the privileges of transacting business in the State of Washington, Washington courts had personal jurisdiction over MKA.
The Court of Appeals held that there was not a sufficient record to determine whether there was an actual conflict between Washington and California law and remanded the case to the trial court to make this determination
The Court of Appeals determined that the trial court did not err in awarding some attorney fees to Freestone, but left to the trial court the determination of what additional fees might be appropriate on remand.