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Telco Leasing Inc. v. Marshall County Hospital

decided: November 1, 1978.

TELCO LEASING, INC., PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
MARSHALL COUNTY HOSPITAL, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE .



Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. No. 77-C-3685 - Frank J. McGarr, Judge .

Before Swygert, Tone and Bauer, Circuit Judges.

Author: Per Curiam

This is an appeal from an order of the district court dismissing the complaint of Telco Leasing, Inc. on the ground that the court lacked jurisdiction over the person of defendant Marshall County Hospital. Since the relevant facts of this case are discussed in the district court's memorandum opinion and order of January 27, 1978 which is attached as an appendix, we need not recite them here.

On the basis of the record and the briefs and after hearing oral argument, we affirm. Looking to "the relationship among the defendant, the forum, and the litigation," which is "the central concern of the inquiry into personal jurisdiction,"*fn1 rather than to "mechanical or quantitative evaluations of the defendant's activities in the forum (which) could not resolve the question of reasonableness,"*fn2 we conclude that the contacts of Marshall County Hospital with the forum State of Illinois are not such "as make it reasonable, in the context of our federal system of government, to require the corporation to defend the particular suit which is brought there." International Shoe Co. v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310, 317, 66 S. Ct. 154, 158, 90 L. Ed. 95 (1945).

On this basis we adopt as our own the attached memorandum opinion and order of the district court and direct the Clerk to enter an appropriate order.

APPENDIX

Telco Leasing, Inc.,

Plaintiff,

V.

Marshall County Hospital,

Defendant.

No. 77 C 3685.

United States District Court, N. D. ...


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