Washington Law Review




Alaska statutory provisions for service of process on foreign corporations have been given long-arm effect. The purchaser of a road scraper sued his vendor, the distributor, for breach of warranty as to the condition of the scraper. The distributor filed a third party complaint against a non-resident manufacturer from which it had ordered and received equipment over the course of several years under an exclusive distribution sales and service agreement for the state of Alaska. Because the manufacturer had no agent in Alaska on whom process could be served, copies of the complaint and summons were delivered by the retailer to the State Commissioner of Commerce, pursuant to statutory provisions for serving foreign corporations transacting business in Alaska. This service was quashed by the superior court, and the retailer appealed. Held, the "transaction of business" required by statute for state court jurisdiction over foreign corporations is equivalent to the "minimum contacts" required by the due process clause of the federal constitution. Northern Supply, Inc. v. Curtiss-Wright Corp., 397 P.2d 1013 (Alaska 1965).

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