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Masada Investment Corp. v. Allen – Case Brief Summary (Tennessee)

In Masada Investment Corp. v. Allen, 697 S.W.2d 332 (Tenn. 1985), a Texas attorney prepared a warranty deed for real property in Tennessee and sent the deed to Tennessee to be executed. 697 S.W.2d at 333.

The Tennessee Supreme Court held that the nonresident attorney purposefully directed his activities toward the citizens of Tennessee and that his negligent actions resulted in injury there. Id. at 335.

Thus, because the attorney knew his legal work would control the sale of Tennessee realty and be subject to Tennessee law, he purposefully availed himself of the benefits and laws of Tennessee. Id