Vanderbilt Law Review


John W. Wade

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Personal Jurisdiction: In State v. Perry, the Tennessee Department of Public Welfare, which had paid sums for the support of dependents of certain nonresidents, brought an action against the nonresidents for reimbursement and for an order to pay money in the future. No personal service was had on the defendants, and the court held that the Tennessee statute does not authorize the court "to enter a personal judgment against a non-resident husband-father upon the ex parte petition, when that husband-father is not personally before the Court, and afforded no opportunity to be heard.' It correctly implied that such a proceeding would be unconstitutional.