Stacy Elena Rios v. Christopher Fergusan

978 A.2d 592 (2008)

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Stacy Elena Rios v. Christopher Fergusan

Connecticut Superior Court
978 A.2d 592 (2008)

  • Written by Haley Gintis, JD

Facts

In September 2008, Stacy Elena Rios (plaintiff) obtained an ex parte restraining order against her child’s father, Christopher Fergusan (defendant), in Connecticut state court. Rios sought the order after Fergusan had posted on YouTube a rap video in which he threatened to shoot and kill her. After issuing the order, the trial court scheduled a hearing to determine whether a more permanent order was warranted. By October 21, Rios had served Fergusan, and the court held the hearing. Fergusan did not make an appearance. The court found that Fergusan had threatened Rios through the video. However, the court granted Rios a temporary, rather than permanent, restraining order against Fergusan due to jurisdictional concerns. After issuing the temporary order, the court then considered whether it could exercise personal jurisdiction over Fergusan, who was a resident of North Carolina and had posted the video while living in that state.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Frazzini, J.)

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