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Unformatted text preview: Fort Lauderdale, for appellee. GERBER, JONATHAN D., Associate Judge. Appellant, Garrick Hatfield, appeals from an order denying his motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in response to an action filed by appellee, AutoNation, Inc. We affirm. AutoNation owns and operates more than 250 vehicle dealerships in 18 states. In 2002, Hatfield, a Texas citizen, became the general manager of one of AutoNation's Mercedes Benz dealerships in Houston. The following year, Hatfield signed a "Confidentiality, NoSolicitation/No Hire and Non-Compete Agreement," wherein he agreed, for one year after his employment terminated, not to become employed with a competitor anywhere within a fifty-mile radius of the dealership at which he was employed or within a ten-mile radius of any new or used vehicle dealership which AutoNation owned or operated anywhere in the United States. The agreement provided that it was governed by Florida law and that: [A]ny action, suit or proceeding arising out of or relative to this Agreement or the relationship of Employee and Company shall be instituted only in the state or federal courts located in Broward County, in the state of Florida, and each party waives any objection which such party may now or hereafter have to such venue or jurisdictional court in any action, suit, or proceeding. 238 AutoNation sued Hatfield in Broward County, alleging that Hatfield resigned from his employment at the Mercedes Benz dealership in January 2005 to accept immediate employment with a soon-to-open competing Mercedes Benz dealership in League City, Texas. AutoNation sought injunctive relief and damages under various counts. AutoNation claimed that Hatfield was subject to personal jurisdiction in Florida because Hatfield maintained regular and systematic contacts in Florida by traveling to Florida to participate in AutoNation's three-day retail leadership meetings in Fort Lauderdale in 2003, 2004, and 2005. AutoNation also contended that Hatfield had "regular and frequent interaction" with its Fort Lauderdale headquarters by requesting and receiving information and business-related...
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