First, understand that a verbal agreement is just as binding as a written agreement, but is by nature harder to prove - unless you have (1) extrinsic evidence such as twitter correspondence and (2) proof of payment.
So you do, which arguably gives you enough to sue the manager, because that is whom the agreement was with.1. Who do I sue? I figured it would be the manager since I had my initial dealings with him and he's the one I actually sent the money to.
The manager.2. Where do I sue? New Jersey, or Florida? I figured NJ, but I want to make sure.
The "long arm statute" of both states allows you to file either in FL or NJ. Filing in NJ makes more sense since it would give you a practical advantage.
This is a breach of contract
. To establish a breach of contract claim, a plaintiff has the burden to show that the parties entered into a valid contract, that the defendant failed to perform his obligations under the contract and that the plaintiff sustained damages as a result. Murphy v. Implicito, 2005 WL(NNN) NNN-NNNN *4 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Sept. 22, 2005)
. 3. Is there anything else I need to know going into this? I've never sued nor been sued before. I've only even had jury duty once so I'm not exactly familiar with the process.
This is a small claims court matter, so you'd be filing in NJ's small claims court. See here for a very good FAQ:
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