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One Source Environmental, LLC v. M W Zander, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Vermont

April 4, 2014

ONE SOURCE ENVIRONMENTAL, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
M W ZANDER, INC., M W U.S., INC., M GROUP GMBH, M W PRODUCTS GMBH, AND TOTAL FACILITY SOLUTIONS, INC., Defendants

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For One Source Environmental, LLC, Plaintiff, Counter Defendant: Eric A. Poehlmann, Marc B. Heath, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Burlington, VT.

For Total Facility Solutions, Inc., Defendant: Andrew J. Levander, Esq., Gary J. Mennitt, Esq., Jared S. Siegel, Esq., PRO HAC VICE, Dechert LLP, New York, NY; Michael F. Hanley, Paul J. Perkins, Esq., Plante & Hanley, P.C., White River Junction, VT.

For M W Zander, Inc., Defendant: Andrew J. Levander, Esq., Gary J. Mennitt, Esq., Jared S. Siegel, Esq., PRO HAC VICE, Dechert LLP, New York, NY; Michael F. Hanley, Paul J. Perkins, Esq., Plante & Hanley, P.C., White River Junction, VT.

For M W U.S., Inc., Defendant: Andrew J. Levander, Esq., Gary J. Mennitt, Esq., Jared S. Siegel, Esq., PRO HAC VICE, Dechert LLP, New York, NY; Michael F. Hanley, Paul J. Perkins, Esq., Plante & Hanley, P.C., White River Junction, VT.

For M W Group GmbH, Defendant: Andrew J. Levander, Esq., Gary J. Mennitt, Esq., Jared S. Siegel, Esq., PRO HAC VICE, Dechert LLP, New York, NY; Michael F. Hanley, Paul J. Perkins, Esq., Plante & Hanley, P.C., White River Junction, VT.

For M W Products GmbH, Defendant: Andrew J. Levander, Esq., Gary J. Mennitt, Esq., Jared S. Siegel, Esq., PRO HAC VICE, Dechert LLP, New York, NY; Michael F. Hanley, Paul J. Perkins, Esq., Plante & Hanley, P.C., White River Junction, VT.

For M W U.S., Inc., Counter Claimant: Andrew J. Levander, Esq., Gary J. Mennitt, Esq., Jared S. Siegel, Esq., PRO HAC VICE, Dechert LLP, New York, NY; Michael F. Hanley, Paul J. Perkins, Esq., Plante & Hanley, P.C., White River Junction, VT.

OPINION

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Opinion and Order

William K. Sessions III, District Court Judge.

Plaintiff One Source Environmental, LLC (" One Source" ) brings this suit against Defendants M W U.S., Inc. (" M W U.S." ); M W Products GmbH (" M W Products" ); M W Group (" M W Group" ); and Total Facility Solutions (" TFS" ) regarding a 2004 Manufacturer's Representation Agreement (" Agreement" ) between One Source and M W Zander, Inc. (the previous incarnation of M W U.S.).[1] One Source has brought claims for

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breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing against all four defendants and claims for tortious interference against M W Group and M W Products. The complaint also seeks punitive damages. One Source has twice amended its complaint, most recently to further explain its claims against the German Defendants and TFS (collectively " nonsignatory defendants" ). Defendants now move to dismiss the Second Amended Complaint (" SAC" ) on the grounds that One Source lacks standing, for failure to state a claim under 12(b)(6), and for lack of personal jurisdiction over the German Defendants. They also move for partial summary judgment.

For the reasons stated below, the motion to dismiss is granted in part and denied in part. The motion to dismiss the breach of contract and implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing claims against the nonsignatory defendants (Counts III-VI) is granted. The motion to dismiss the SAC for lack of standing; the motion to dismiss the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing claim against M W U.S. (Count II); the motion to dismiss the tortious interference claims (Counts VII and VIII); the motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction over the German Defendants; and the motion to dismiss the claim for punitive damages (Count IX) are denied. The ...


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