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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Ricardo Zesati, d/b/a Transportation Equipment Sales (Zesati) sued William Morris (Morris), Light Speed Transportation Services, Inc. (Light Speed), and Industrial Cutting & Trailer, Inc. d/b/a Light Speed Transportation Services (Industrial), collectively appellants, for breach of contract. Zesati is in the business of buying and selling trucks and trailers. He alleged that both Industrial and Light Speed were Georgia corporations doing business in Texas and that Morris was a resident of Georgia doing business in Texas. The petition claimed that Appellants were nonresidents subject to the Texas long arm statute since they entered into a contract with a Texas resident which was to be partially performed in Texas. Zesati sought service through the secretary of the state of Texas. None of the defendants answered. On May 27, 2004, the trial court entered a default judgment awarding Zesati $144,750 in damages. This appeal follows. HOLDING:Affirmed. Appellants claim that the trial court lacked jurisdiction since 1. Zesati flew to Georgia to execute the contract; 2. The contract was signed in Georgia; 3. Zesati wrote Appellants a check in Georgia; and 4. The contract stated “State of Georgia, Effingham County” at the top. The record establishes otherwise. Appellants were doing business in Texas; they entered into a contract with a Texas resident which was to be partly performed in Texas, the court concludes. Zesati sufficiently plead facts requiring appellants to answer the suit. Zestati also established that the defendants were properly served. A constable of Travis County served the secretary of state with the petition for Morris on March 16, 2004. The secretary of state sent the petition to Morris on March 19, and the return receipt was signed by the addressee’s agent on March 23. The constable served the secretary of state with the petition for both Light Speed and Industrial on April 15, 2004. The secretary of state in turn sent the petition to Light Speed and Industrial on April 19, and the return receipt was signed by the addressees’ agent on April 22. The citation and proof of service for Morris had been on file since March 31. The documentation for Light Speed and Industrial had been on file since April 29. The default judgment was signed on May 27. Citation and proof of service for each defendant had been on file for at least ten days at the time the default judgment was taken. Because the defendants were properly served, the trial court had personal jurisdiction pursuant to the Texas Long Arm Statute, the court concludes. Appellants argue that the default judgment was improper since they answered the suit on three different occasions. They also complain that they were never notified of a hearing on the default judgment despite the fact that Zesati’s attorney was in direct contact with them. A defendant’s answer must be filed by 10 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty days after the date of service. Answer day for Morris was April 19. Answers on behalf of Light Speed and Industrial were due to have been filed no later than May 17. There is nothing in the record to indicate that any of the defendants ever answered the suit. At any time after a defendant is required to answer, the plaintiff may take a default judgment if no answer is filed, provided that the citation with the officer’s return thereon shall have been on file with the clerk for ten days, exclusive of the day of filing and the day of judgment. No advance notice of a hearing is required for a no-answer default judgment. OPINION:McClure, J.; Barajas, C.J., Larsen and McClure, JJ. Larsen, J., not participating.

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