Former husband filed complaint against wife’s paramour, who was resident of Louisiana, for alienation of affections. The County Court denied paramour’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, and paramour appealed. The Supreme Court held that: (1) paramour committed tort, in whole or in part, in Mississippi, within meaning of long‑arm statute; (2) hundreds of amorous e‑mails, text messages, and telephone calls from paramour to wife in Mississippi constituted sufficient minimum contacts; and (3) exercise of personal jurisdiction over paramour would not offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.
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