Hi there. I totally understand your frustration over this situation which is essentially blackmail. You are totally right here and should not put up with this. Were she to sue you for this, you should go and defend and countersue for your damages..which are costs of traveling to defend....you will win these cases and will be allowed to keep the deposit and be awarded your damages. In all likelihood, as soon as you file your counterclaim, these folks will drop their original claim.
I hope this has given you the guidance you were seeking. I wish you the best of luck!
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Thank you for the quick reply. I will accept and pay momentarily. Just a couple of points of clarification:
My pleasure...OK...let's see here...
1) She can file anywhere, and I would answer by seeking to have the case removed to Florida as the proper venue....The judge should grant that, but I just wanted you to be sure to defend even if the judge did not do so. Never can tell what a judge might do.
2) You will make the counterclaim of every defense...first, as you mention, that this is wrong venue and jurisdiction, and that notwithstanding that, ....
3) Yes, you should involke the UETA....it has partial applicability and you should take advantage of that.
4) You would certainly claim the lost wages....you have a decent probability of getting them awarded as damages, but I can't assure you of that.
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