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I'm an Independent Contractor that performed services to a Vendor/ Corporation. The Corporation has refused to render payment because they believe I have breached the non compete clause in our written contract. I disagree with their position and I would like to collect the money owed to me. My business is incorporated in FL. The contract states mediation should follow the rules of the state of Delaware. The business address for the Vendor/ Corporation used on the contract is in FL. Where do I file for debt collection. I'm owed for 3 separate invoices totalling $14,406.82. (Inv 2 $6173.80, Inv 4 $6331.11, and Inv 5 $1901.91.) The Vendor/ Corporation paid Inv 1 late and Inv 3 on time.
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To assist me in answering your question, please tell me:
1. Where were the services in question performed?
2. Does the contract state where "venue" lies?
3. What connection do you and/or the vendor have with Delaware?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
1. Services were performed in Silver Spring, MD.
2. The only thing I know of that's close to Venue would be this statement from the contract: "This Agreement shall in all respects be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance
with the intemal laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to principles of conflicts of law."
3. I have no connection and on their company website there is no connection to DE.
It appears that venue would properly lie in either Maryland or Florida. I do not see the minimum contacts necessary with Delaware that would permit the action to take place in Delaware.In order for a court to exercise jurisdiction over a matter, the defendant must have some type of "minimum contacts" with the state in which the court sits. In determining whether the court has jurisdiction based upon the defendant's minimum contacts with the state, the court looks at the whether the defendant has a business practice within the state, the relationship between the state and the alleged breach of contract, the state's interest in providing a forum and the relative convenience of the parties. Based upon the information you have given me, it does not appear that Delaware would have sufficient minimum contacts although both Florida and Maryland would meet the minimum contacts test.I would be glad to respond to any related follow-up questions that you may have.
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