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Aaron Mccoy v. Gamesa Technology Corporation

January 26, 2012

AARON MCCOY, PLAINTIFF,
v.
GAMESA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INC., GAMESA WIND US, LLC, IBERDROLA RENEWABLES, INC., STREATOR-CAYUGA RIDGE WIND POWER, LLC, DEFENDANTS.
IBERDROLA RENEWABLES, INC., AND GAMESA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INC., THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFFS,
v.
OUTLAND RENEWABLE ENERGY, LLC, OUTLAND RENEWABLE ENERGY FIELD SERVICES, LLC AND OUTLAND ENERGY SERVICES, LLC, THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Charles P. Kocoras, District Judge:

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This case comes before the Court on the motion of Gamesa Technology Corporation, Inc. ("Gamesa Technology") and Gamesa Wind US, LLC ("Gamesa Wind") (collectively, "Gamesa") to dismiss the counterclaims asserted by Outland Renewable Energy, LLC n/k/a Renova Renewable Energy, LLC ("ORE"), Outland Renewable Energy Field Services n/k/a Outland Energy Services, LLC ("OREF") and Outland Energy Services, LLC f/k/a Outland Energy Field Services, LLC ("OES") (collectively, "Outland") for improper venue pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(3). For the reasons stated below, the motion is denied.

BACKGROUND

This lawsuit arises out of personal injuries that Aaron McCoy ("McCoy"), an ORE employee, sustained while performing services on a wind turbine manufactured by Gamesa Wind, an affiliate of Gamesa Technology. The wind turbine was located at the Cayuga Ridge wind farm, a wind farm operated by Iberdrola Renewables, Inc. ("Iberdrola"). McCoy's injuries allegedly resulted when McCoy was installing a turbine and a Gamesa Technology and/or Iberdrola employee activated the power source to the turbine. McCoy originally filed a state court action in Illinois, alleging claims against Gamesa Technology and Iberdrola. On January 26, 2011, Iberdrola removed the case to this Court based on diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332. Relationship Between Gamesa, Iberdrola, and Outland Gamesa Wind manufactures and sells wind turbines to various asset owners, including Iberdrola. As part of the sale of wind turbines, Gamesa Wind agrees to provide operation, maintenance, and repair services for the purchased wind turbines for a specified period of time. Because Gamesa Wind does not have employees to provide such services, Gamesa Wind subcontracts with other companies, like ORE, to provide such services to its customers.

On November 19, 2009, Gamesa Wind and ORE entered into a Maintenance Service Agreement (the "MSA"). According to the MSA, ORE would perform operation, maintenance, and repair services for a number of wind farm facilities. To retain ORE's services for a project, the MSA required Gamesa Wind and ORE to execute a Statement of Work. In connection with the MSA and attached as an exhibit to the MSA, the parties executed a Statement of Work wherein ORE agreed to provide services at the Cayuga Ridge wind farm in Illinois. The parties did not submit evidence of any other Statement of Work executed under the MSA.

The MSA contained a forum selection clause and choice-of-law clause which stated:

This Contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to the conflict of laws principles thereof. The parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purposes of all legal proceedings arising out of or relating to this Contract.

Relevant Procedural History

In June 2011, Iberdrola filed third party complaints against Outland and Gamesa. In July 2011, Gamesa filed cross-claims against Outland for contribution under Illinois' Joint Tortfeasors Contribution Act, 740 Ill. Comp. Stat. 100/0.01, (the "Contribution Act") and against OES and ORE for indemnification under the MSA. On September 23, 2011, OES and ORE moved to dismiss Gamesa's indemnification cross-claims and, on October 25, 2011, Gamesa voluntarily dismissed those claims. In the meantime, on September 22, 2011, Outland asserted twenty three counterclaims against Gamesa. In its answer, Outland also asserted a contribution claim against Gamesa under the Contribution Act.

Neither Gamesa, Iberdrola, nor Outland is a citizen of Illinois. Pointing to the forum selection and choice-of-law clauses in the MSA, Gamesa moves to dismiss the counterclaims asserted by Outland for improper venue pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(3).

LEGAL STANDARD

A party may challenge venue based on a forum selection clause by filing a motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(3). Mazumdar v. Wellness Int'l Network, Ltd., 438 F.3d 759, 760 (7th Cir. 2006). In ruling on a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(3), the court may consider facts outside the pleadings. Cont'l Cas. Co. v. Am. Nat'l Ins. Co., 417 F.3d 727, 733 (7th Cir. 2005). The party challenging the enforcement of the forum selection clause bears the burden of proving that venue is proper and the forum selection clause is unenforceable. See M/S Bremen v. Zapata Off-Shore Co., 407 U.S. 1, 18 (1972).

DISCUSSION

Gamesa argues that the Court should dismiss Outland's counterclaims because the claims arise under or relate to the MSA, an agreement containing an enforceable forum selection clause. Before assessing the validity of the forum selection clause, the Court must address Outland's ...


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