”Doing Business” Definition In the Context of Jurisdiction

In Coats v. Penrod Drilling Corp., 5 F.3d 877 (5th Cir. 1993), the foreign employer had advertised its job openings in newspapers in Houston, Texas, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. Coats, 5 F.3d at 880.

The evidence showed that all these newspapers were distributed in Mississippi. Coats, 5 F.3d at 883.

The employer also held a meeting in Laurel, Mississippi for the purpose of recruiting employees and hired the plaintiff at that meeting. Coats, 5 F.3d at 882.

After the plaintiff's injury, he was replaced with another Mississippi resident who had attended the meeting in Laurel. Coats, 5 F.3d at 883.

The employer hired Coats under terms that contemplated future contacts with Mississippi. Coats, 5 F.3d at 882.

After Coats was injured, the employer flew him to Mississippi and paid for his medical treatment there. Id. the court concluded that these actions constituted "doing business" under Mississippi's long-arm statute. Coats, 5 F.3d at 883.