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Title:
Bibace v. Schmickler
Date:
February 8, 2001
Citation:
03-99-00693-CV
Status:
Unpublished Opinion

Bibace v. Schmickler

Court of Appeals of Texas, Austin.

Ronald BIBACE, Appellant,

v.

Klaus SCHMICKLER, Appellee.

No. 03-99-00693-CV.

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Feb. 8, 2001.

From the District Court of Travis County, 98th Judicial District, No. 99-07738; Joseph H. Hart, Judge Presiding.

Before JONES, JJ.*

Opinion

JONES.

*1 We grant appellant Ronald Bibace’s motion for rehearing to consider arguments raised in his second amended brief.1 We will affirm the judgment.

We briefly recap the underlying events, more extensively set out in our original opinion. In 1995, Bibace filed suit in Florida against Klaus Schmickler, Catherine Schmickler, and Emile Bonnes. In 1996, before serving Klaus, Bibace obtained a “final judgment” based on the default of Catherine and Emile. In 1997, the Florida court signed an order impleading Klaus as a third-party defendant in a “proceeding supplementary” which allows judgment creditors to obtain assets of judgment debtors that are in the hands of third parties. In 1999, the Florida court signed an “amended final judgment” against Klaus. Bibace then filed the Florida judgment in Texas, seeking to enforce it against Klaus here. Klaus filed a motion for new trial, contending the Florida court had no personal jurisdiction over him, that he had not been served properly, and that the Florida court had lost subject matter jurisdiction because of the lapse of time. The Texas district court granted the motion on all grounds and vacated the judgment. We affirmed the Texas judgment based on the finding of lack of personal jurisdiction in the Florida proceeding.

Bibace complains that no evidence supports the conclusion that the Florida court lacked jurisdiction. He contends that Klaus’s affidavit was not introduced into evidence at the “trial” in Texas regarding the Florida court’s jurisdiction. The proceeding was not a trial, but a hearing on a motion for new trial.2 Affidavits in support of motions for new trial need not be offered and admitted into evidence so long as they are timely filed. See Director, State Employees Workers’ Compensation Div. v. Evans, 889 S.W.2d 266, 268 (Tex.1994) (reviewing denial of motion for new trial in Texas default judgment). The affidavit was filed with the motion for new trial before the district court’s hearing and ruling on the motion.

Bibace argues that the affidavit was hearsay and was incompetent as an affidavit. He does not cite to the record where his hearsay argument was preserved by objection, nor do we find such an objection. The complaint is therefore waived. See 38.1(h). Further, affidavits are appropriate for motions for new trial regarding default judgments. See Evans, 899 S.W.2d at 268. Bibace raises no specific arguments regarding the competency of the affidavit. The competence of the affidavit withstood the challenges in Bibace’s earlier briefs. As discussed in the original opinion, the affidavit is sufficient evidence to support the Texas district court’s judgment.

Bibace argues that the Florida court had jurisdiction to enter the 1997 judgment because it was a proceeding supplementary to the 1996 judgment. This argument addresses subject-matter jurisdiction, but does not address the lack of personal jurisdiction on which we affirmed the Texas district court’s judgment.

*2 Bibace also contends that Texas courts cannot look behind the Florida judgments to assess their propriety, relying on Baldwin v. Iowa State Traveling Men’s Assn., 283 U.S. 522, 526 (1931)). Because Klaus never appeared in the proceedings leading to either Florida judgment, the issue of personal jurisdiction was not fully and fairly litigated in Florida.

Bibace’s final argument in the second amended brief is that the 1996 judgment was not final until the 1997 judgment was rendered because the 1996 judgment did not dispose of Klaus. This argument goes to the subject-matter jurisdiction of the Florida courts, but does not address the lack of personal jurisdiction over him that we have found defeats both judgments regardless of their finality. Further, this argument is based on Texas case law (e.g., Houston Health Clubs, Inc. v. First Court of Appeals, 722 S.W.2d 692, 692-93 (Tex.1986)) that does not control the finality of Florida judgments.

We overrule all arguments raised by Bibace’s second amended brief. Having overruled all arguments in his prior briefs, we affirm the judgment of the Texas district court as set out in our original opinion.

Footnotes

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Before Tex.Gov’t Code Ann. § 75.003(a)(1) (West 1998).

1

This opinion on motion for rehearing is in addition to our original, filed January 11, 2001. The original opinion and judgment are not withdrawn.

2

The Texas district court’s order vacating the judgment after the motion for new trial hearing does not alter the fact that the hearing was on a motion for new trial. As we noted in the original opinion, the district court had only two choices: overrule the motion and enforce the judgment or grant the motion and vacate the judgment. Bibace v. Schmickler, 03-99-00693-CV, slip op. at 14, 2001 Tex.App.LEXIS 164, *22 (January 11, 2001) (not designated for publication) (quoting Trinity Capital Corp. v. Briones, 847 S.W.2d 324, 326-27 (Tex.App.-El Paso 1993, no writ)).

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