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Green v. Wilson

Supreme Court of Michigan
Jul 22, 1997
455 Mich. 342 (Mich. 1997)

Summary

concluding that "[b]y using Michigan's roads . . ., [defendant] purposefully availed himself of the benefits and protections of Michigan law"

Summary of this case from Christian v. Birch

Opinion

Docket Nos. 104028, 104034, 104039.

Argued March 4, 1997 (Calendar No. 9).

Decided July 22, 1997.

Addis Imbrunone, P.C. (by Thomas L. Imbrunone), for the plaintiffs-appellees.

Plunkett Cooney, P.C. (by Ernest R. Bazzana), for defendant-appellant Robert Wilson.

Kallas Henk, P.C. (by Ted M. Kozerski), for defendant-appellant Jason Enterprises, Inc., doing business as The Booby Trap Lounge.

Morrison, Morrison Finley (by Gregory W. Finley) for defendant Vivio's, Inc., doing business as Vivio's Food and Spirits.



This case presents two issues: 1) whether Michigan courts may exercise limited personal jurisdiction over a nonresident who becomes intoxicated in Michigan, chooses to drive intoxicated in Michigan, and causes an accident in another jurisdiction, and 2) whether compliance with the name-and-retain provision of the dramshop act will be excused when the allegedly intoxicated person is dismissed from litigation for lack of personal jurisdiction. MCL 436.22(6); MSA 18.993(6). We conclude that defendant Fraser Wilson's acts in Michigan that preceded his allegedly tortious acts in Canada were insufficient to subject him to subsection (2) of MCL 600.705; MSA 27A.705. Therefore, we would reverse the Court of Appeals determination that Michigan courts may exercise limited personal jurisdiction over him.

As Wilson cannot be retained in the suit, it is necessary to determine whether the dramshop action against defendants Jason Enterprises and Vivio's was properly dismissed. We conclude that the failure to retain Wilson was due to a jurisdictional defect that plaintiffs could not avoid. We also conclude that fear of collusion between plaintiffs and defendant Wilson is significantly reduced in this case. Under the circumstances, strict compliance with the name-and-retain provision would frustrate the purpose of the dramshop act. Consequently, we would affirm the Court of Appeals decision that allows a continuation of the dramshop action against defendants Jason Enterprises and Vivio's.

I

Plaintiffs Diane Green and Leslie Lynn Martin, both residents of Michigan, and defendant Wilson, a resident of Ontario, were involved in an automobile accident in the Detroit-Windsor tunnel. The accident occurred in Canada, approximately one thousand yards south of the Michigan-Ontario border. Plaintiffs allege that Wilson was exceeding the speed limit when his car crossed the center line and collided head-on with their car. Plaintiffs further allege that Wilson was intoxicated.

Plaintiffs sued Wilson for negligence in Wayne Circuit Court and instituted dramshop actions against defendants Vivio's, Inc., and Jason Enterprises, Inc. Both Vivio's and Jason Enterprises operate bars in the City of Detroit. In their complaint, plaintiffs allege that both establishments served alcohol to Wilson while he was visibly intoxicated. Plaintiffs also assert that the accident occurred when Wilson was returning home from the defendant bars.

Wilson moved for summary disposition under MCR 2.116(C)(1), arguing that the court lacked personal jurisdiction over him. The trial court granted the motion, holding that Wilson was not within the reach of Michigan's long-arm statute, MCL 600.705; MSA 27A.705. The trial court also dismissed the dramshop actions against Jason Enterprises and Vivio's, because the plaintiffs failed to retain the allegedly intoxicated person as a defendant. The Court of Appeals held that Michigan courts do have jurisdiction over Wilson for the purposes of this litigation. The Court further held that compliance with the name-and-retain clause of the dramshop act would be excused when the allegedly intoxicated person is dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction. 211 Mich. App. 140; 535 N.W.2d 233 (1995). We granted leave to appeal. 453 Mich. 901 (1996).

Michigan's dramshop act states, in part:

An action under this section against a retail licensee shall not be commenced unless the minor or the alleged intoxicated person is a named defendant in the action and is retained in the action until the litigation is concluded by trial or settlement. [MCL 436.22(6); MSA 18.993(6).]

II A personal jurisdiction analysis is a two-fold inquiry: (1) do the defendant's acts fall within the applicable long-arm statute, and (2) does the exercise of jurisdiction over the defendant comport with due process? Starbrite Distributing, Inc v Excelda Mfg Co, 454 Mich. 302; 562 N.W.2d 640 (1997). It is useful to review the history and interplay between state long-arm statutes and the Due Process Clause before applying them in this case.

The United States Supreme Court expanded the constitutional scope of personal jurisdiction with its decision in International Shoe Co v Washington, 326 U.S. 310; 66 S Ct 154; 90 L Ed 95 (1945). Post at 368-369. In International Shoe, the Court interpreted the Due Process Clause as not conferring jurisdiction. Rather, it construed the clause as establishing the outer limits of permissible jurisdictional power. The actual grant of personal jurisdiction comes from legislative long-arm statutes that invest courts with the power to exercise personal jurisdiction.

See, generally, Juenger, Judicial jurisdiction in the United States and in the European communities: A comparison, 82 Mich L R 1195 (1984).

Long-arm statutes establish the nature, character, and types of contacts that must exist for purposes of exercising personal jurisdiction. Due process, on the other hand, restricts permissible long-arm jurisdiction by defining the quality of contacts necessary to justify personal jurisdiction under the constitution. See Hadad v Lewis, 382 F. Supp. 1365, 1371 (ED Mich, 1974). Thus, situations may arise where a long-arm statute permits greater jurisdiction than does the constitution. See Starbrite at 315 (WEAVER, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part). Likewise, there may be instances where a state court will lack the power to exercise personal jurisdiction over a defendant, even though jurisdiction may be constitutionally permissible. See Mallory v Conida Warehouses, Inc, 113 Mich. App. 280, 286-288; 317 N.W.2d 597 (1982).

[A]lthough the statute may, by its terms, give jurisdiction to the court, it must also pass constitutional muster as applied to the particular case. [ United States v Ivey, 747 F. Supp. 1235, 1239 (ED Mich, 1990).]

There are primarily two types of long-arm statutes: the "self-adjusting," such as the California long-arm statute, and the "laundry-list," such as Michigan's MCL 600.705; MSA 27A.705. The California statute has been called self-adjusting because it stretches automatically to extend jurisdiction wherever the Due Process Clause permits. Like a complete solar eclipse, the due process and statutory analyses overlap entirely. Therefore, only a one-step analysis is necessary. Glannon, Civil Procedure, Examples and Explanations (2d ed), pp 24-27.

Laundry-list statutes enumerate specific acts that give rise to personal jurisdiction. They do not permit a one-step analysis, even in circumstances where they are thought to be "coextensive" with due process. Their analysis is akin to a partial solar eclipse, with part of the statute granting jurisdiction within the permissible constitutional scope and part of the statute possibly outside it. Id.

The Sifers' Court is the first in Michigan that was credited with stating the concept that limited personal jurisdiction is coextensive with due process. Since Sifers, many Michigan state and federal courts have interpreted Michigan long-arm statutes as coextensive with due process. In Sifers, the Court stated:

See, e.g., Ins Comm'r v Arcilio, 221 Mich. App. 54, 73; 561 N.W.2d 412 (1997) ("[O]ur long-arm statute has been interpreted to grant the broadest basis for jurisdiction consistent with due process"); Rainsberger v McFadden, 174 Mich. App. 660, 662-663; 436 N.W.2d 412 (1989) ("This statute has been construed as giving the courts the broadest grant of jurisdiction consistent with due process"); Kriko v Allstate Ins Co of Canada, 137 Mich. App. 528, 531; 357 N.W.2d 882 (1984) ("[The long-arm statute] was intended to give Michigan courts the full extent of power possible to gain personal jurisdiction over nonresident defendants as is consistent with the principles of due process"); Michigan Coalition of Radioactive Material Users v Griepentrog, 954 F.2d 1174, 1176 (CA 6, 1992); Chandler v Barclays Bank PLC, 898 F.2d 1148, 1150 (CA 6, 1990); FFOC Co v Invent AG, 882 F. Supp. 642, 651 (ED Mich, 1994); Chrysler Corp v Fedders Corp, 643 F.2d 1229, 1236 (CA 6, 1981); Widger Chemical Corp v Chemfil Corp, 601 F. Supp. 845, 847 (ED Mich, 1985); Subacz v Town Tower Motel Corp, 567 F. Supp. 1308, 1311 (ND Ind, 1983).

We are called upon in this case to construe a Michigan statute which represents an attempt on the part of the Michigan legislature to expand to its full potential limited personal jurisdiction of Michigan courts over nonresidents.

Unless we are prepared to say that Michigan is forbidden by the Federal Constitution to exercise jurisdiction to the extent indicated in the statute we should not construe the statute so restrictively. [ Sifers v Horen, 385 Mich. 195, 198; 188 N.W.2d 623 (1971) (emphasis added).]

We interpret Sifers to mean that, if a defendant's actions or status fit within a provision of a long-arm statute, jurisdiction may be extended as far as due process permits. The long-arm statute is coextensive with due process insofar as the statute is limited by due process, and, therefore, the statute and due process share the same outer boundary. The reasoning implicit in Mallory supports this interpretation. Mallory, supra at 286-288.

One author notes that reference to statutes as coextensive with due process is often misleading. He believes that such phraseology would be

better interpreted to mean that the specific categories of jurisdiction conveyed by the long-arm statute are to be interpreted as liberally as the due process clause will allow. [Glannon at 27 (emphasis added).]

In Mallory, the Court of Appeals determined that none of the statutory grounds for personal jurisdiction permitted the exercise of personal jurisdiction over a sister state. Id. at 286-287. It reasoned that the Legislature did not intend to permit such a suit in Michigan, regardless of what due process would allow. Consequently, there was no need to conduct a due process analysis. Id. at 288.

The coextensive nature of Michigan's long-arm jurisdiction becomes pertinent only if the particular acts or status of a defendant first fit within a long-arm statute provision. As the Mallory Court implicitly concluded, this does not mean that the two are equal and require a single inquiry based solely upon due process restrictions.

The provisions enumerated in § 705 would be superfluous if the Legislature intended that any activity that is constitutional also satisfy a long-arm statute. Furthermore, the Michigan Legislature could have written language into the statutes that confers jurisdiction to the broadest limits of due process, as other states have done. It chose not to do so.

The Illinois Legislature added a catch-all provision to its enumerated statute in 1989. See Anderson, The long reach of Illinois' long-arm statute: The catch-all provision, 84 Ill B J 504 (1996).

III

The State of Michigan may exercise limited personal jurisdiction over Wilson if two conditions are met: First, Wilson's conduct must fall within a provision of Michigan's long-arm statutes. Second, the exercise of jurisdiction must comport with due process. Starbrite, supra.

The state's long-arm statute pertaining to acquiring limited personal jurisdiction over individuals on the basis of specific acts is codified at MCL 600.705; MSA 27A.705. It states:

The existence of any of the following relationships between an individual or his agent and the state shall constitute a sufficient basis of jurisdiction to enable a court of record of this state to exercise limited personal jurisdiction over the individual . . . arising out of an act which creates any of the following relationships:

* * * (2) The doing or causing an act to be done, or consequences to occur, in the state resulting in an action for tort.

Plaintiffs allege that Wilson's activities in Michigan fall within subsection 2 of § 705.

Section 705 does not delineate specific types of acts that suffice for purposes of subsection 2. The only guidance it provides is that the "act" or "consequences of the act" must "result in an action for tort." A plain language reading of these words reveals that either the tortious conduct or the injury must occur in Michigan.

In this case, for purposes of subsection 2, the act is the allegedly negligent careening of defendant's speeding vehicle into plaintiffs' vehicle while defendant drove intoxicated. Plaintiffs alleged that Wilson "travel[ed] at an excessive rate of speed throughout the [Windsor] tunnel and did cross the center line in [an] attempt to pass a motor vehicle, striking head-on in the northbound lane a vehicle being operated by the plaintiff. . . ." That act occurred in Canada. The consequences of the act also occurred in Canada, where the plaintiffs sustained injuries. Any liability of the defendant liquor establishments under the dramshop act had to be triggered by the accident in Canada.

We are unpersuaded by the dissent's contention that the "act" is Wilson's drinking and driving while in Michigan. Post at 374-375. At the time Wilson left Michigan, he had committed no tort. The acts in Michigan that preceded Wilson's allegedly tortious acts in Canada were insufficient to subject him to subsection 2 of MCL 600.705; MSA 27A.705.

While the Court can envision a situation where an act in Michigan results in a tort elsewhere, this case does not involve one. Most states find the exercise of personal jurisdiction over nonresidents for out-of-state driving accidents under analogous circumstances impermissible. Casad, Jurisdiction in Civil Actions, ¶ 7.02[2][e][i], p 7-34. Consequently, we do not believe that subsection 2 jurisdiction is appropriate in this case. Since Wilson's acts do not fit under the § 705 long-arm statute, we do not reach due process for the reasons noted in part II of this opinion.

IV

We next analyze whether the dramshop action against defendants Jason Enterprises and Vivio's may continue without Wilson.

The dramshop act provides an exclusive statutory remedy against liquor licensees for selling alcohol to minors or visibly intoxicated persons. MCL 436.22; MSA 18.993. As a condition of maintaining a dramshop action, a plaintiff must "name-and-retain" the alleged intoxicated person until the litigation is concluded by trial or settlement. MCL 436.22(6); MSA 18.993(6). One recognized purpose of the name-and-retain provision is to preclude collusion between the plaintiff and the allegedly intoxicated person. Putney v Haskins, 414 Mich. 181, 187; 324 N.W.2d 729 (1982). This is accomplished by ensuring that the intoxicated person has a financial stake in the outcome of the case. Id.

Generally, the Court has determined that a failure to retain the named intoxicated defendant as required by subsection 6 results in a termination of the dramshop action. Putney at 188; Spalo v A G Enterprises (After Remand), 437 Mich. 406, 409-411; 471 N.W.2d 546 (1991). However, members of the Court have also reasoned that certain circumstances mandate a looser application of the name-and-retain provision. See Salas v Clements, 399 Mich. 103; 247 N.W.2d 889 (1976); Shay v JohnKal, Inc, 437 Mich. 394, 401-402; 471 N.W.2d 551 (1991).

The Court in Salas reasoned that a departure from the literal construction of a statute was justified because the named defendant was unknown. Id. at 109-110. The Court reasoned that requiring the plaintiff to retain an unknown defendant may actually encourage collusion between the intoxicated defendant and the dramshop. Id. at 110. A dismissal due to plaintiffs' failure to retain an unknown defendant produced an absurd and unjust result and was inconsistent with the purposes and policies of the dramshop act. Id.

In Shay, a plurality of the Court reasoned that strict adherence to the name-and-retain provision was unjustified. Chief Justice CAVANAGH and Justice LEVIN concluded that the risk of fraud and collusion was so attenuated that a violation of the name-and-retain provision did not occur. Id. at 402. Justices BRICKLEY and BOYLE concluded that there was no conflict between the mediation rules and the dramshop act. However, they concluded that, if a plaintiff rejected mediation in order to comply with the name-and-retain provision, no sanctions should follow. Thus, four justices allowed the suit to continue without the named defendant. Id. at 405.

In this case, the plaintiffs brought Wilson into the dramshop action as required by subsection 22(6). As discussed in part II of this opinion, their failure to retain him was due to a jurisdictional defect that plaintiffs could not avoid.

Since the identity of Wilson is known, the complete absence of collusion that existed in Salas is not present here. However, it is highly unlikely that there was the collusion between plaintiffs and Wilson envisioned by the Court in Putney given the reasons for plaintiffs' failure to retain Wilson. In fact, strict compliance could lead dramshops to encourage intoxicated nonresident defendants to contest jurisdiction to avoid a dramshop action. See Salas at 110. Therefore, under the circumstances of this case, we conclude that the possibility of collusion is remote and that subsection 7 of the dramshop act further reduces it. MCL 436.22(7); MSA 18.993(7).

Under subsection 7, a dramshop has a "right to full indemnification from the allegedly visibly intoxicated person for all damages awarded against the licensee." MCL 436.22(7); MSA 18.993(7). Consequently, one would expect Wilson not to engage in energetic assistance of the plaintiffs' case as was discussed in Salas at 110. Subsection 7 seems to allow the dramshops to enforce the indemnification provision in a separate cause of action against Wilson if necessary. Presumably, the dramshops could enforce such a provision in Canada. Thus, even though Wilson is not a party to this lawsuit, his financial stake in it will remain strong.

Subsection 7 was added by the 1986 amendments of the dramshop act.

We agree with the Court of Appeals reasoning that strict enforcement of the name-and-retain provision would be unfair in this case. 211 Mich. App. 141. The plaintiffs may be able to exercise their negligence cause of action in Canada against Wilson, but are apparently without a cause against the dramshops there. Furthermore, since a dramshop action is the exclusive remedy against a licensee who serves a visibly intoxicated person in Michigan, the dramshops will be subject to no penalty. MCL 436.22; MSA 18.993. To deny plaintiffs the opportunity to bring a cause of action against the dramshops would frustrate the essential purpose of the dramshop act. See Salas at 109-110.

We do not express an opinions as to what causes are possible against these particular defendants in Canada. In an analogous reverse situation, however, the Court of Appeals found that Michigan courts were unable to exercise jurisdiction over Canadian dramshops. See Mozdy v Lopez, 197 Mich. App. 356; 494 N.W.2d 866 (1992).

Lastly, we are unpersuaded by the defendants' fear of undue burden with respect to defending the dramshop action. With the existence of the indemnification provision, it seems that defendants will have little difficulty deposing Wilson. Also, if necessary, the parties should be able to obtain letters rogatory in order to depose Wilson under the Canadian legal system. See, e.g., In re Fecht v Deloitte Touche, 28 OR3d 188 (1996).

As Wilson cannot be retained because of a jurisdictional defect beyond plaintiffs' control, we find that strict compliance with the name-and-retain provision would frustrate the purpose of the dramshop act. MCL 436.22(6); MSA 18.993(6). As a result, we would affirm the Court of Appeals decision that allows a continuation of the dramshop action against defendants Jason Enterprises and Vivio's.

CAVANAGH and BOYLE, JJ., concurred with KELLY, J.


I concur with the reasoning and result of the lead opinion's conclusion that personal jurisdiction does not exist over defendant Wilson. However, I dissent from the lead opinion's creation of an exception to the "name and retain" provision of Michigan's dramshop act. There is no justifiable reason for this Court to create an exception to the plain language of the "name and retain" provision where the allegedly intoxicated driver has been dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.

I

The "name and retain" provision of the dramshop act states in pertinent part:

An action under this section against a retail licensee shall not be commenced unless the . . . alleged intoxicated person is a named defendant in the action and is retained in the action until the litigation is concluded by trial or settlement. [MCL 436.22(6); MSA 18.993(6).]

The language of this provision is clear and unambiguous. Spalo v A G Enterprises (After Remand), 437 Mich. 406, 409-411; 471 N.W.2d 546 (1991) (GRIFFIN, J., plurality opinion). "`[R]etained' means being a real party in interest in the full sense of those words." Riley v Richards, 428 Mich. 198, 213; 404 N.W.2d 618 (1987). In Putney v Haskins, 414 Mich. 181, 187; 324 N.W.2d 729 (1982), this Court acknowledged the "name and retain" provision amounted to a rule per se requiring the retention of the allegedly intoxicated defendant until the litigation is concluded by trial or settlement.

One purpose of the "name and retain" provision is to preclude collusion between allegedly intoxicated defendants and injured plaintiffs to the disadvantage of the retail licensee defendant. This Court has emphasized that

In adopting the "name and retain" provision, the Legislature may have recognized the difficulty inherent for the court in determining whether there was a serious likelihood of fraud and the resulting drain on judicial resources, and instead decided to create a rule per se. Putney, supra at 187.

[o]ne of the ways the "name and retain" provision prevents fraud and collusion is by ensuring that the defendant will have a direct financial stake in personally testifying, examining witnesses, and arguing that he did not act in a negligent manner. [ Putney, supra at 188.]

In order to have a direct financial stake, the allegedly intoxicated defendant must be more than a nominal party, but must actually be retained in the litigation. Id.

An allegedly intoxicated defendant excused for lack of personal jurisdiction has no direct financial stake in the litigation. Therefore, however remote, there exists a risk of collusion or fraud. Putney, supra. As this Court stated in Riley, supra, "[t]here can be no degrees of compliance with the `name and retain' provision." Riley, supra at 211. Thus, I would hold that creating an exception to the "name and retain" provision in this case is contrary to the provision's purpose.

II

In 1986, after the decision in Putney, the Legislature added MCL 436.22(7); MSA 18.993(7) to the dramshop act. This subsection affords the dramshop a "right to full indemnification from the alleged visibly intoxicated person for all damages awarded against the licensee." This Court has yet to be presented with a case interpreting the scope of the indemnification provision. However, the lead opinion reasons that the indemnification provision insures against collusion because the allegedly intoxicated driver retains a financial stake in the litigation even if the allegedly intoxicated defendant cannot be retained. Therefore, the lead opinion concludes that an exception to the "name and retain" provision is appropriate in this case.

While a separate suit for indemnification is expressly permitted for all cases filed after July 1, 1986, indemnification remains only a possible avenue of recourse for the dramshop. As this Court noted in Riley, supra, a case evidently filed before the effective date of the indemnification provision, "[a] separate suit for contribution . . . in the case of an alleged intoxicated person with something less than a deep pocket, [is] an even more remote possibility." Riley, supra at 212, n 4.

The effect of this reasoning is to render the "name and retain" provision meaningless whenever there is some possibility that the dramshop might be able to pursue the allegedly intoxicated person for indemnification, even if that pursuit involves litigation in a foreign jurisdiction as in the instant case. The conclusion of the lead opinion is inconsistent with the purposes of the "name and retain" provision. Further, the Legislature did not repeal or amend the clear and unambiguous language of the "name and retain" provision when it added the indemnification provision. Therefore, the plain language of the provision should be afforded full effect, and because the lead opinion fails to do this, I find its reasoning unpersuasive.

Further, I find the Court of Appeals holding that "strict enforcement of the name and retain provision would produce an absurd result" similarly unpersuasive. 211 Mich. App. 140, 145; 535 N.W.2d 233 (1995). Relying on Salas v Clements, 399 Mich. 103, 109; 247 N.W.2d 889 (1976), the Court reasoned that because the plaintiffs were not responsible for defendant Wilson's dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction, there was no danger of collusion between the plaintiffs and defendant Wilson.

In Salas at 109, this Court noted that "departure from the literal construction of a statute is justified when such construction would produce an absurd and unjust result and would be clearly inconsistent with the purposes and policies of the act in question." Thus, this Court created an exception to the name and retain provision where the identity of the allegedly intoxicated individual was unknown because, in such a situation, there could be no collusion between the plaintiff and the alleged intoxicated individual. Id. Clearly, this reasoning does not apply in the present case where the identity of the allegedly intoxicated defendant is known. Nor is the plaintiff's lack of control over a dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction grounds for ignoring the Legislature's clear mandate that the allegedly intoxicated defendant must be named and retained until the conclusion of the litigation.

The only other instance where this Court created an exception to the "name and retain" provision was in Shay v JohnKal, Inc, 437 Mich. 394; 471 N.W.2d 551 (1991). In Shay, this Court held that the name and retain provision does not bar maintenance of a dramshop action where the allegedly intoxicated defendant was dismissed after a court-ordered mediation settlement. Shay is distinguishable from the present case because the dismissal of the defendant in Shay occurred after discovery, thus allowing the retail licensee remaining in the action a testimonial record for its defense. The danger of collusion may also have been diminished by the mediation process. Further, Shay was a plurality opinion, and the reasoning of the two opinions comprising the majority does not control.

In this case, the allegedly intoxicated defendant is known. Therefore, the danger of collusion and fraud against the retail licensee exists. While the danger of collusion might well be remote, it is entirely inappropriate for this Court to speculate regarding the likelihood of such collusion or fraud in light of the clear and unambiguous language of the "name and retain" provision.

For the reasons stated above, I would not create an exception to the "name and retain" provision in this case.

BRICKLEY and RILEY, JJ., concurred with WEAVER, J.


For the following reasons, I dissent.

I LIMITED PERSONAL JURISDICTION

As the lead opinion notes, in determining whether the exercise of limited personal jurisdiction over the defendant is proper in this case, a two-step analysis must be undertaken. First, it must be determined if the exercise of limited personal jurisdiction over Wilson would be consistent with the requirements of the Due Process Clause, US Const, Am XIV. Second, it must be determined if Wilson is within the reach of Michigan's long-arm statute, MCL 600.705; MSA 27A.705. Jeffrey v Rapid American Corp, 448 Mich. 178, 185; 529 N.W.2d 644 (1995). Also, because the trial court granted summary disposition in this case, it is assumed that all factual allegations in the complaint are true for the purposes of this appeal. Simko v Blake, 448 Mich. 648, 654; 532 N.W.2d 842 (1995).

A DUE PROCESS

The trial court found that the exercise of jurisdiction over Wilson would not violate the Due Process Clause, and defendants did not appeal this ruling. 211 Mich. App. 140, 142; 535 N.W.2d 233 (1995). Even though it was not presented, the Court of Appeals addressed this issue because it is potentially dispositive. As a general rule, this Court will not review issues that are not presented in the lower courts. Gordon Grossman Bldg Co v Elliott, 382 Mich. 596, 602; 171 N.W.2d 441 (1969). Thus, in granting leave to appeal, this Court did not grant leave regarding the due process issue. Rather, leave to appeal with respect to the jurisdictional question was limited to "whether the circuit court had jurisdiction under MCL 600.705; MSA 27A.705 [Michigan's long-arm statute] over defendant Wilson. . . ." 453 Mich. 901 (1996). Although the due process issue has been waived, I will discuss this prong of the analysis for the sake of completeness.

In International Shoe Co v Washington, 326 U.S. 310, 316; 66 S Ct 154; 90 L Ed 95 (1945), the United States Supreme Court held that the Due Process Clause allowed a state to exercise personal jurisdiction over a nonresident if the nonresident has "minimum contacts" with the state so that "traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice" are not offended. Under the "minimum contacts" principle of International Shoe, a defendant need not ever be physically present in a state in order to be subject to personal jurisdiction in that state. See McGee v Int'l Life Ins, 355 U.S. 220; 78 S Ct 199; 2 L Ed 2d 233 (1957). Rather, the "minimum contacts" requirement would be satisfied if a defendant "purposely avails [himself] of the privilege of conducting activities within the forum State, thus invoking the benefits and protections of its laws." Hanson v Denckla, 357 U.S. 235, 253; 78 S Ct 1228; 2 L Ed 2d 1283 (1957). If a defendant purposefully avails himself of a state's laws, he reasonably can anticipate being haled into that state's courts. World-Wide Volkswagen v Woodson, 444 U.S. 286, 297; 100 S Ct 559; 62 L Ed 2d 490 (1980).

Michigan courts have developed a three-part test to determine if a defendant has the minimum contacts necessary for a court to exercise personal jurisdiction. This test incorporates the United States Supreme Court's jurisprudence on this issue.

First, the defendant must have purposefully availed himself of the privilege of conducting activities in Michigan, thus invoking the benefits and protections of this state's laws. Second, the cause of action must arise from the defendant's activities in the state. Third, the defendant's activities must be substantially connected with Michigan to make the exercise of jurisdiction over the defendant reasonable. [ Jeffrey, supra at 186; Starbrite Distributing, Inc v Excelda Mfg Co, 454 Mich. 302, 309; 562 N.W.2d 640 (1997).]

Thus, in order to determine if Wilson has minimum contacts with Michigan, we must first ask if he purposefully availed himself of the benefits and protections of Michigan law. As this Court noted in Witbeck v Bill Cody's Ranch Inn, 428 Mich. 659, 667; 411 N.W.2d 439 (1987), the " `purposeful availment' requirement insures that a defendant will not be haled into a jurisdiction solely as a result of `random,' `fortuitous,' or `attenuated' contacts," quoting Burger King v Rudzewicz, 471 U.S. 462, 475; 105 S Ct 2174; 85 L Ed 2d 528 (1985). In Burger King, the United States Supreme Court explained:

[W]here the defendant "deliberately" has engaged in significant activities within a State . . . he manifestly has availed himself of the privilege of conducting business there, and because his activities are shielded by the "benefits and protections" of the forum's laws it is presumptively not unreasonable to require him to submit to the burdens of litigation in that forum as well. [ Id. at 475-476.]

In this case, Wilson's contacts with Michigan are not random, fortuitous, or attenuated. He deliberately entered the state, patronized establishments that are licensed and regulated by Michigan law, and drove on roads that are maintained and governed by this state. By using Michigan's roads and patronizing Michigan's establishments, Wilson purposefully availed himself of the benefits and protections of Michigan law.

Second, it must be determined if the cause of action arose from the defendant's activities in the state. In this case, Wilson allegedly patronized bars in Michigan, became intoxicated in Michigan, and chose to drive while intoxicated in Michigan. Wilson urges this Court to find that the accident is unrelated to his activities in Michigan, i.e., that the accident did not arise from his alleged acts of becoming intoxicated and choosing to drive while intoxicated. I would decline to make such a finding. Whether Wilson's activities in Michigan are the cause of the accident is a question of fact that must be resolved by a jury. Riddle v McLouth Steel Products Corp, 440 Mich. 85, 96; 485 N.W.2d 676 (1992); Prosser, Torts (5th ed), § 41, pp 264-265. Certainly, the causal nexus alleged by the plaintiffs is not so attenuated that I would hold that a finding of causation is precluded as a matter of law. When a person drives while intoxicated, it is foreseeable that an accident might occur. Thus, taking the plaintiff's factual allegations as true, the accident arose from Wilson's activities in Michigan.

In fact, the risk of accident is so great that the Legislature has criminalized driving while intoxicated. MCL 257.625; MSA 9.2325.

Third, it must be determined if defendant's activities were so substantially connected with Michigan that the exercise of jurisdiction is reasonable. I note that this part of the test is generally easy to meet. That is, if a defendant has purposefully availed himself to this state's law, he "`must present a compelling case that the presence of some other considerations would render jurisdiction unreasonable.'" Starbrite, supra at 313, quoting Burger King, supra at 477. Although a court's primary concern in assessing the reasonableness of exercising jurisdiction over a defendant is the burden on the defendant, the court will also consider other factors, including

the forum State's interest in adjudicating the dispute, the plaintiff's interest in obtaining convenient and effective relief, at least when that interest is not adequately protected by the plaintiff's power to choose the forum, the interstate judicial system's interest in obtaining the most efficient resolution of controversies, and the shared interest of the several States in furthering fundamental social policies. . . ." [ World-Wide Volkswagen, supra at 292; see Starbrite, supra at 313.]

In this case, Wilson cannot show compelling reasons why jurisdiction in Michigan would be unreasonable. At the time of the accident, Wilson was allegedly a resident of Windsor. Because Detroit is close enough for defendant to socialize here, I could not say that it would be unreasonable for him to litigate here. Also, the alternative forum would likely be Windsor, and the burden of litigating in Detroit would be similar to the burden of litigating in Windsor.

Plaintiffs alleged that Wilson resided in Windsor at the time of the accident, and Wilson does not deny this. Wilson is apparently presently living in London, Ontario, which is approximately ninety miles from Windsor.

In fact, the other factors support jurisdiction in Michigan. First, Michigan has a strong interest in adjudicating this dispute. This state seeks to ensure that people do not drive while intoxicated and to ensure that Michigan residents who are injured by drunk drivers are compensated. Second, because the plaintiffs are residents of Detroit, the plaintiffs' interest in obtaining convenient and effective relief is best served by litigating in Wayne County. Third, the most efficient resolution of the controversy would occur in Wayne County, where most of the witnesses of Wilson's alleged intoxication are likely to be. Finally, jurisdiction in Michigan would advance the shared interest of Michigan and Ontario in furthering fundamental substantive social policies. As do other jurisdictions, Michigan has an interest in holding those who injure others through drunk driving responsible for their actions.

Therefore, all three prongs of the "minimum contacts" test are met, and jurisdiction over Wilson is constitutionally permissible.

We note that in the majority of cases in which motor vehicle accidents involving nonresident defendants have occurred outside a forum state, courts have found that the forum does not have personal jurisdiction over the nonresident. Casad, Jurisdiction in Civil Actions, ¶ 7.02[2][e][i], pp 7-34 to 7-36. This is usually either because the nonresident has done nothing to purposefully avail himself of the forum's laws or because the accident did not arise from the nonresident defendant's contacts with the forum.
For example, in Clavenna v Holsey, 81 Mich. App. 472; 265 N.W.2d 378 (1978), a Michigan resident and a Canadian resident were involved in a boating accident on the Canadian side of the Detroit River. Although the Court of Appeals in that case did not carefully separate the constitutional question from the statutory question, it did indicate that the Canadian defendant lacked any contacts with Michigan. Id. at 476-477. The Court of Appeals also correctly noted that the fact that the injured Michigan resident was treated in Detroit hospitals would not provide minimum contacts sufficient for jurisdiction. After all, the defendant's contacts with the forum state matter under International Shoe, not the plaintiff's contacts. See also Zandee v Colisto, 505 F. Supp. 180 (WD Mich, 1981) (a Michigan resident and a resident of British Columbia were involved in an accident in North Dakota).
Likewise, in Helzer v F Joseph Lamb Co, 171 Mich. App. 6; 429 N.W.2d 835 (1988), a Michigan resident was struck by a van while crossing a street in Windsor. The nonresident defendant had contacts with Michigan, but these contacts were unrelated to the litigation. The driver of the van was a Canadian resident who drove daily into Michigan as part of his job. Although the defendant had conducted activities in Michigan, the Court of Appeals noted that no evidence established a causal nexus between the defendant's activities in Michigan and the accident. Therefore, the accident did not "arise from" the defendant's contacts with Michigan.
The present case presents a unique situation. In contrast to Clavenna and Zandee, the defendant has unequivocally availed himself of the benefits and protections of Michigan law. In contrast to Helzer, his activities in Michigan are causally linked to the resulting accident.

B MICHIGAN'S LONG-ARM STATUTE

Michigan's long-arm statute, MCL 600.705; MSA 27A.705, allows this state's courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over nonresidents in certain situations.

The existence of any of the following relationships between an individual or his agent and the state shall constitute a sufficient basis of jurisdiction to enable a court of record of this state to exercise limited personal jurisdiction over the individual and to enable the court to render personal judgments against the individual or his representative arising out of an act which creates any of the following relationships:

(1) The transaction of any business within the state.

(2) The doing or causing an act to be done, or consequences to occur, in the state resulting in an action for tort.

(3) The ownership, use, or possession of real or tangible personal property situated within the state.

(4) Contracting to insure a person, property, or risk located within this state at the time of contracting.

(5) Entering into a contract for services to be rendered or for materials to be furnished in the state by the defendant.

(6) Acting as a director, manager, trustee, or other officer of a corporation incorporated under the laws of, or having its principal place of business within this state.

(7) Maintaining a domicile in this state while subject to a marital or family relationship which is the basis of the claim for divorce, alimony, separate maintenance, property settlement, child support or child custody.

While § 705 only applies to personal jurisdiction over individuals, the long-arm statute has comparable provisions for corporations, MCL 600.715; MSA 27A.715, partnerships, MCL 600.725; MSA 27A.725, and partnership associations or unincorporated voluntary associations, MCL 600.735; MSA 27A.735.

Plaintiffs contend that Wilson falls within the scope of subsection 2: "The doing or causing an act to be done, or consequences to occur, in the state resulting in an action for tort." In interpreting this provision, it is helpful to consider the history of long-arm statutes in the United States.

After the United States Supreme Court expanded the exercise of personal jurisdiction over nonresidents in International Shoe, virtually every state enacted statutes to facilitate the use of "long-arm" jurisdiction. Illinois was the first state to pass a long-arm statute, and this statute attempted to identify every situation in which a state could appropriately exercise jurisdiction. Soon after the Illinois statute was passed, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the statute permitted the state to exercise jurisdiction to the full extent permitted by the Due Process Clause. Several other states followed Illinois' lead and passed "laundry-list" style long-arm statutes, and many courts of states with these statutes held that the scope of the statute was coextensive with the Due Process Clause. Thus, in these states, the courts have essentially merged the constitutional and statutory questions. In 1970, California explicitly merged the two-steps of jurisdictional analysis by passing a statute that simply says that the state may assert jurisdiction in any situation allowed by the Due Process Clause.

Before International Shoe, state courts could only exercise personal jurisdiction over nonresidents if the nonresident consented to jurisdiction or was served with process while physically within the state. Pennoyer v Neff, 95 (5 Otto) U.S. 714, 720; 24 L Ed 565 (1871).

See Scoles Hay, Conflict of Laws (2d ed), § 8.33, pp 316-320; Casad, n. 3 supra, ¶ 4.01, pp 4-3 to 4-4.

Nelson v Miller, 11 Ill.2d 378, 389; 143 N.E.2d 673 (1957).

Scoles Hay, n 6 supra; Casad, n 3 supra.

See, e.g., Safari Outfitters, Inc v Superior Court, 167 Colo. 456, 458-459; 448 P.2d 783 (1969); Larsen v Scholl, 296 N.W.2d 785, 788 (Iowa, 1980); Hunt v Nevada State Bank, 285 Minn. 77, 96; 172 N.W.2d 292 (1969); Fox v Fox, 559 S.W.2d 407, 409 (Tex Civ App, 1977); but see also Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co v Barnes Reinecke, Inc, 15 N.Y.2d 443, 460; 209 N.E.2d 68 (1965) (holding that the New York long-arm statute is not coextensive with the Due Process Clause).

Cal Code Civ P 410.10. Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Wyoming have followed California's lead and enacted one-step long-arm statutes. RI Gen Laws 9-5-33; NJ Court Rule 4:4-4(b); WY Stat Ann 5-1-107. Also, Illinois, which passed the first laundry-list-style long-arm statute, added a catch-all provision to its statute in 1989. The catch-all provision states that the court may exercise long-arm jurisdiction in any situation that does not offend due process. See Anderson, The long reach of Illinois' long-arm statute: The catch-all provision, 84 Ill B J 504 (1996). Other states that originally enacted laundry-list-style long-arm statutes have also added catch-all provisions to their statutes. Ala R Civ P 4.2(a); La Rev Stat 13.3201; Neb Rev Stat 25-536.

The Legislature passed Michigan's long-arm statute in 1961. This statute resembles Illinois' laundry-list-style long-arm statute. Not long after Michigan's long-arm statute was passed, this Court indicated that it would follow the lead of other states and construe the long-arm statute to confer jurisdiction to the broadest extent constitutionally permissible. In Sifers v Horen, 385 Mich. 195, 198; 188 N.W.2d 623 (1971), a majority of this Court stated:

We are called upon in this case to construe a Michigan statute which represents an attempt on the part of the Michigan legislature to expand to its full potential limited personal jurisdiction of Michigan courts over nonresidents.

Unless we are prepared to say that Michigan is forbidden by the Federal Constitution to exercise jurisdiction to the extent indicated in the statute we should not construe the statute so restrictively.

Likewise, the lead opinion in Schneider v Linkfield, 389 Mich. 608, 616; 209 N.W.2d 225 (1973), repeated this proposition from Sifers:

"The courts of those states having `long-arm' statutes similar to that of Michigan which confer, specifically, limited personal jurisdiction over defendants based on `the transaction of any business within the state,' have generally construed their statutes as extending the state's jurisdiction to the farthest limits permitted by due process."

The lead opinion in Schneider was written by Justice SWAINSON and joined by Justice THOMAS GILES KAVANAGH. An opinion written by Justice WILLIAMS and joined by Justice COLEMAN and Chief Justice T. M. KAVANAGH, does not explicitly state the proposition that the long-arm statute is coextensive with the Due Process Clause, but does limit its disagreement with the lead opinion to an unrelated issue. Thus, one could reasonably conclude that five justices in Schneider agreed with the proposition that the long-arm statute stretches to the limits of the Due Process Clause.

Since this Court's pronouncements in Sifers and Schneider, the proposition that Michigan's long-arm statute is coextensive with the Due Process Clause has been continually repeated by the Michigan Court of Appeals and federal courts sitting in diversity.

See, e.g., Ins Comm'r v Arcilio, 221 Mich. App. 54, 73; 561 N.W.2d 412 (1997) ("[O]ur long-arm statute has been interpreted to grant the broadest basis for jurisdiction consistent with due process"); Rainsberger v McFadden, 174 Mich. App. 660, 662-663; 436 N.W.2d 412 (1989) ("This statute has been construed as giving the courts the broadest grant of jurisdiction consistent with due process"); Kriko v Allstate Ins Co of Canada, 137 Mich. App. 528, 531; 357 N.W.2d 882 (1994) ("[The long-arm statute] was intended to give Michigan courts the full extent of power possible to gain personal jurisdiction over nonresident defendants as is consistent with the principles of due process"); Northern Ins Co of New York v B Elliott, Ltd, 117 Mich. App. 308, 316; 323 N.W.2d 683 (1982) ("all agree that, if constitutionally permissible, [Michigan's long-arm statute] would allow Michigan to assume jurisdiction as the forum state in this case"); Hapner v Rolf Brauchli, Inc, 71 Mich. App. 263, 265-266; 247 N.W.2d 375 (1976) ("The broad language of the statute . . . indicates the Legislature's desire to expand limited personal jurisdiction to its full potential") (panel containing Justice RILEY); Stan Sax Corp v Siefen Compounds, 68 Mich. App. 768, 769; 243 N.W.2d 724 (1976); Kiefer v May, 46 Mich. App. 566, 571; 208 N.W.2d 539 (1973) ("The only real limitation placed on this statute is the Due Process of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution"); Schneider v Linkfield, 40 Mich. App. 131, 135; 198 N.W.2d 834 (1972). But see Mallory v Conida Warehouses, Inc, 113 Mich. App. 280 ; 317 N.W.2d 597 (1982).
Wilson cites Woodward v Keenan, 79 Mich. App. 543; 261 N.W.2d 80 (1977) (panel containing Justice RILEY) for the proposition that Michigan courts have shortened the reach of the long-arm statute. We believe that Wilson mischaracterizes the holding in Woodward. In Woodward, a Michigan resident was referred by her doctor to a clinic in South Bend, Indiana. The Michigan resident later sued the clinic in Michigan's courts for malpractice. The trial court granted summary disposition, holding that the clinic's contacts with Michigan were insufficient under the Due Process Clause to warrant the exercise of limited personal jurisdiction. Id. at 546. The Court concurred with the trial court's due process analysis, id. at 550, but remanded the case to the trial court in order to allow the plaintiff to show if the defendants had conducted business in Michigan. Id. When the case returned to the Court of Appeals, the court unequivocally stated that Michigan courts lacked jurisdiction on constitutional grounds. The court stated, "As defendants lacked sufficient due-process ties with this state making them amenable to the jurisdiction of our courts, we therefore affirm the court's grant of accelerated judgment for want of in personam jurisdiction. . . ." Woodward v Keenan (After Remand), 88 Mich. App. 791, 792; 279 N.W.2d 317 (1979) (panel containing Justice RILEY). Woodward, therefore, was decided on constitutional, not statutory grounds. It does not hold that the reach of the long-arm statute is shorter than that of the Due Process Clause.

See, e.g., Michigan Coalition of Radioactive Material Users v Griepentrog, 954 F.2d 1174, 1176 (CA 6, 1992); Chandler v Barclays Bank PLC, 898 F.2d 1148, 1150 (CA 6, 1990); FFOC Co v Invent AG, 882 F. Supp. 642, 651 (ED Mich, 1994); Chrysler Corp v Fedders Corp, 643 F.2d 1229, 1236 (CA 6, 1981); Widger Chemical Corp v Chemfil Corp, 601 F. Supp. 845, 847 (ED Mich, 1985); Subacz v Town Tower Motel Corp, 567 F. Supp. 1308, 1311 (ND Ind, 1983); Speckine v Stanwick Int'l Inc, 503 F. Supp. 1055, 1057 (WD Mich, 1980); Gavelek v Coscol Petroleum Corp, 491 F. Supp. 188, 193 (ED Mich, 1979); Microelectronic Systems v Bamgerger's, 434 F. Supp. 168, 171 (ED Mich, 1977); Central Transport, Inc v Theurer, Inc, 430 F. Supp. 1076, 1078 (ED Mich, 1977); Mad Hatter, Inc v Mad Hatters Night Club, 399 F. Supp. 889, 890 (ED Mich, 1975); Hill v Smith, 337 F. Supp. 981, 982-984 (WD Mich, 1972); Hadad v Lewis, 382 F. Supp. 1365, 1370 (ED Mich, 1974). But see Horvath v Niles, 802 F. Supp. 146, 148 (WD Mich, 1992) (suggesting that the long-arm statute has been shortened when applied to out-of-state medical providers), and Lak, Inc v Deer Creek Enterprises, 885 F.2d 1293, 1298 (CA 6, 1989) (suggesting that the long-arm statute may not be coextensive with due process in tort cases).

Despite the almost-universal assumption that Michigan's long-arm statute was intended to grant the broadest jurisdictional powers constitutionally possible, some members of the Court have suggested that the long-arm statute may not be as broad as widely believed. In Hapner v Rolf Brauchli, Inc, 404 Mich. 160, 168, n 2; 273 N.W.2d 822 (1978), Justice LEVIN, joined by Justice FITZGERALD, stated in a footnote:

I also note my disagreement with the statement that "[i]n previous decisions, this Court has viewed the statute as an attempt by the Legislature to expand to its full potential limited personal jurisdiction of Michigan courts over nonresidents." . . . The Michigan statutes, in contrast with statutes or rules of other states (Cal Code Civ Proc 410.10; NJ Court Rules, 4:4-4[d]), does not contain a provision subjecting non-residents to jurisdiction to the fullest extent permissible under the Federal Constitution.

Likewise, in Witbeck, supra at 428 Mich. 666, n 3, this Court in dicta equivocated on the scope of the long-arm statute.

In construing Michigan's statute, some courts have concluded that its reach is coextensive with due process tests laid down by the United States Supreme Court. . . . This conclusion is based upon a statement made in Sifers v Horen, 385 Mich. 195, 198; 188 N.W.2d 623 (1971), that the long-arm statute "represents an attempt on the part of the Michigan legislature to expand to its full potential limited personal jurisdiction of Michigan courts over nonresidents." . . . However, the Sifers Court also declared that its holding rested upon the "exercise [of] jurisdiction to the extent indicated in the statute."

Presently, all members of the Court agree that, in at least some situations, the scope of the long-arm statute exceeds the boundaries of the Due Process Clause. In Starbrite, supra at 307, all members of the Court agreed that the requirements of the long-arm statute were met. Two members, however, argued that jurisdiction was constitutionally impermissible.

In order to resolve the present case, the precise contours of the long-arm statute need not be determined. I do note, however, that statutes that extend jurisdiction of courts are generally construed broadly. 3A Singer, Sutherland Statutory Construction (5th ed), § 67.03, pp. 67-69. Instead of determining if the long-arm statute is coextensive with the Due Process Clause, I would hold that Wilson's actions are within the scope of the plain language of subsection 2 of the long-arm statute. This subsection allows this state's courts to exercise long-arm jurisdiction for "[t]he doing or causing an act to be done, or consequences to occur, in the state resulting in an action for tort."

Wilson allegedly came to Michigan, became intoxicated in Michigan, and chose to drive while intoxicated in Michigan. He argues that these acts did not result in the current action for tort, and that the only act that resulted in an action for tort was the act of crossing the center line in the Detroit-Windsor tunnel and striking plaintiff's car. As I noted above, however, whether a causal link between Wilson's alleged activities in Michigan and the accident exists is a question of fact. Because the trial court granted summary disposition in this case, I must accept the plaintiffs' claim that the accident was caused by Wilson's alleged intoxication. As also noted above, the causal link alleged by the plaintiffs is not so attenuated that I would find a lack of causation as a matter of law.

Moreover, the fact that the accident occurred outside Michigan does not remove defendant Wilson from the scope of subsection 2. Subsection 2 does not require that the entire tort occur in Michigan. Rather, it provides that either the act or the consequences of the act must occur in Michigan. In this case, Wilson began this tort when he breached his duty of care by choosing to drive while intoxicated. The consequences of this negligent conduct occurred in Canada when the plaintiffs suffered their damages. Because subsection 2 will reach a defendant if either the act or the consequences of the act occur in Michigan, Wilson is within the scope of subsection 2.

Because Wilson's alleged conduct is a violation of Michigan's drunk driving laws, MCL 257.625; MSA 9.2325, it would create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Klanseck v Anderson Sales Service, Inc, 426 Mich. 78, 86; 393 N.W.2d 356 (1986).

Again, we must take the facts in the light most favorable to the plaintiff and assume that the accident was caused by Wilson's alleged intoxication.

Wilson relies on Coleman v Gurwin, 443 Mich. 59; 503 N.W.2d 435 (1993), and Gross v General Motors Corp, 448 Mich. 147; 528 N.W.2d 707 (1995), in support of his argument that he is not within the scope of subsection 2. Both Coleman and Gross, however, interpret Michigan's venue statute, MCL 600.1629; MSA 27A.1629, not the long-arm statute. Even if we were to analogize our venue cases to this case, they would support the plaintiffs' position, not Wilson's. In Gross, we noted that venue does not lie solely where the injury occurred, but also where part or all of the cause of action arose. Id. at 154. Likewise, in Coleman, we stated that we would examine the elements of the cause of action in determining where venue is proper. Id. at 63. Thus, in tort cases, we examine where the duty arose, where the duty was breached, the causal relationship between the breach and damages, and where the plaintiff suffered damages. Lorencz v Ford Motor Co, 439 Mich. 370, 375; 438 N.W.2d 844 (1992). Venue will be proper where the defendant breached his duty, even if the damages were suffered elsewhere.
In the present case, elements of the cause of action occurred in Michigan, namely, Wilson breached his duty of care when he allegedly chose to drive while intoxicated.

Therefore, because Wilson allegedly became intoxicated in Michigan and chose to drive while intoxicated in Michigan, he committed acts in this state that "result[ed] in an action for tort." Jurisdiction is thus proper under the long-arm statute. Because both the constitutional and statutory requirements have been met, this state may exercise limited personal jurisdiction over Wilson.

II NAME AND RETAIN CLAUSE

Because I would hold that Michigan courts have limited personal jurisdiction over Wilson, plaintiffs have complied with the name and retain clause of the dramshop act. I concur with Justice KELLY'S opinion insofar as it discusses the dramshop act.

III

For these reasons, I would affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals and remand the case to the trial court for further proceedings.


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Case Details

Full title:GREEN v WILSON

Court:Supreme Court of Michigan

Date published: Jul 22, 1997

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