I have a dispute with a former consulting client. Under our contract he owes me $500,000 (app). I produced a tv commercial for him. I cannot fund the lawsuit and it hard to find someone to handle on a contingency basis. Can I sue him in 50 states in small claims? He ran the commercial in all states.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): California
Asking lawyers to handle on contingency basis.
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Yes. I am Orange County. Myt client is in Minnesota.
Thank you. Do you have a business located in each of the 50 states?
I operate my consulting business from my home. The project was to develop a 30 minute commercial. The commercial has run extensive on national cable on local broadcast stations. Since he bought airtime in most states and I am entitled to commission on those sales I thought about small claims.
Thank you. You are not legally eligible to sue in small claims court in each state because those courts do not have personal jurisdiction over you.You can only sue in the state where you live or where your business is located. It's called personal jurisdiction.It has been my pleasure to assist you today with your information needs. It is my goal that you are satisfied. No expert can promise you an answer that is favorable to your circumstances. But I will do my very best to explain the legal principles that are related to the facts you’ve described so that you can better understand the “why” of things. Please let me know if there is anything else I can provide to give you excellent service!" JB Umphrey41041.3576695949
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Do I have any other options?
There are some companies which specialize in pre-suit funding that you may want to explore if you wish to sue for breach of contract.
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