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Click here for the full text of this decision In this case, an agreement to indemnify another for losses incurred in Texas, which a nonresident corporation acquires by assignment, is not a sufficient basis for asserting personal jurisdiction over the nonresident corporation. FACTS:These case is an interlocutory, accelerated appeal from the trial court’s denial of a special appearance filed by appellant, Koll Real Estate Group Inc. HOLDING:The court reverses the order denying Koll’s special appearance and remands the case with instructions to dismiss the claims against Koll for lack of personal jurisdiction. The court decides whether, by accepting an assignment of rights and liabilities under a purchase agreement, and agreeing to indemnify the purchaser for tort damages, some of which allegedly occurred in Texas, Koll became amenable to suit in Texas, despite its own lack of minimum contacts thereto. The Texas Supreme Court has held that a foreign corporation, whose only contact with Texas was an agreement to reinsure another foreign insurance company that, in turn, provided coverage to a Texas resident, did not have sufficient minimum contacts with the State to support an assertion of personal jurisdiction. Malaysia British Assur. v. El Paso Reyco Inc., 830 S.W.2d 919 (Tex. 1992). In Malaysia British, the court noted that a reinsurance contract allows only the reinsured company to bring a claim against the reinsurer, and the original insured has no basis for a claim against the reinsurer. The losses the reinsurer had contractually agreed to cover were losses by the insurer, not the Texas insured. The court is persuaded that a reinsurance contract is sufficiently similar to an indemnity agreement, such that the holding of Malaysia British should apply to this case. A defendant’s minimum contacts with the forum state can produce either general or specific jurisdiction. General jurisdiction arising when a nonresident defendant’s contacts are continuous and systematic, whereas specific jurisdiction is shown when the alleged liability arises from or is related to a specific activity or contact within the forum. A single contact with Texas, of substantial quality and nature, may be sufficient to establish specific jurisdiction when the cause of action arises from that contact. Mem’l Hosp. Sys., v. Fisher Ins. Agency Inc., 835 S.W.2d 645 (Tex. App. � Houston [14th Dist.] 1992, no writ). Both parties in this case appear to concede that Koll’s contacts with Texas are insufficient to support general jurisdiction. Indeed, the asbestos plaintiffs’ entire position hinges on the argument that the indemnity agreements referenced above give rise to specific jurisdiction. Thus, the court is concerned only with the issue of specific jurisdiction. Koll argues that specific jurisdiction is inappropriate in this case because the plaintiffs’ cause of action does not arise from the indemnity agreements. The court agrees. The plaintiffs allege that they were injured when they were exposed to asbestos by Kellogg, not that Koll has in any way breached any duties it may or may not have under the indemnity agreements. While Koll may, at some point in the future, owe other companies indemnity in the event either of those companies are held liable for Kellogg’s torts, there is nothing in the record to suggest that the asbestos plaintiffs were an intended beneficiary of these agreements. Similarly, there is nothing to suggest that Koll should have anticipated being haled into court by plaintiffs who were neither parties, nor third-party beneficiaries, to the indemnity agreements. Because the asbestos plaintiffs’ cause of action is unrelated to the indemnity agreements, the plaintiffs cannot assert specific jurisdiction over Koll based on those agreements. OPINION:Radack, C.J.; Radack, C.J., Alcala and Higley, JJ.

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