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Mower v. Nibley, 2016 UT App 174 (Aug. 18, 2016)

Aug 18, 2016

The court affirmed the dismissal of this lawsuit against a resident of Japan for lack of general personal jurisdiction. The court held that the defendant’s pro se response to the complaint was not a responsive pleading, and therefore the defendant did not waive his objection to personal jurisdiction by failing to raise it in the response. The court further held that, although the defendant owned property in Utah, he was domiciled in Japan and the property was unrelated to the plaintiff’s cause of action, so the defendant lacked sufficient contacts with the State of Utah to support the exercise of general personal jurisdiction over him.