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I am very sorry for your situation.1) For a civil case, is federal court going to be the only competent jurisdiction since there are transactions across state lines?
Not necessarily. This is still in the state court system. the U.S. federal Distinct Court hears:
Cases that deal with the constitutionality of a law;
Cases involving the federal United States Code and treaties of the U.S.;
Cases involving ambassadors and public ministers;
Disputes between two or more states (not individuals, but states);
Habeas corpus issues.
This is arguably fraud, and is a state court issue. Plaintiff can file either in NC (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-75.4), or perhaps their state, depending on which state it is. Practically, it would make sense to file in NC.2) If a civil case is filed in federal court, which city/state/district does it need to be filed in? a) My location, b) the location where their misrepresentations started, c) their current location or d) any of the above?
This would be in civil court, and as such, assuming you wish to file in NC, in your county's District Court (if $10k or less) or Superior Court (if $10k or more).3) I would like to initiate a federal criminal investigation/prosecution and am also considering a civil suit. A large part of any criminal investigation would need to be done at their current location (hundreds of miles from me). Should I approach the FBI office in their location or in my location?
Their location. Also, how much better would my chances be in getting the FBI to investigate if I had an attorney approach them and provide an affidavit rather than contacting the FBI myself?
There is no difference, actually. The FBI and other agencies will investigate a matter regardless if the complaint
is lodged by the victim or their representative.4) What kind of lawyer should I be looking for and where is a good place to find same? My preference is to have a local lawyer and file in federal court here for my own convenience but will consider other arrangements as needed.
May I recommend the NC Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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