Marsh Supermarkets, Inc. v. Queen's Flowers Corp.

696 So. 2d 1207 (1997)

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Marsh Supermarkets, Inc. v. Queen’s Flowers Corp.

Florida District Court of Appeal
696 So. 2d 1207 (1997)

Facts

Marsh Supermarkets, Inc. (Marsh) (plaintiff), an Indiana corporation, regularly purchased flowers from Queen’s Flowers Corporation (Queen) in Miami, Florida. For each purchase order, Marsh engaged a courier to pick up the flowers from Queen’s shop in Miami for delivery to Indiana. Marsh did not participate in or control Queen’s flower business in any way beyond the mere purchase of flowers. Marsh operated retail supermarkets in Indiana and Ohio, did not have offices in Florida, and did not have a bank account, telephone number, or post-box in Florida. After Marsh failed to pay for some of the flowers it ordered, Queen sued Marsh in Florida. Queen claimed personal jurisdiction over Marsh, an Indiana corporation, under Florida’s long-arm statute. Marsh moved to dismiss, arguing that Marsh did not have sufficient minimum contacts with Florida to satisfy constitutional due-process requirements. The trial court held that Marsh’s regular and systematic flower purchases from Queen’s shop in Miami established sufficient minimum contacts between Marsh and Florida for Florida to exercise personal jurisdiction over Marsh. Marsh appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Green, J.)

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