Thank you, Mark.
What we are talking about is called jurisdiction
. Which state has jurisdiction to hear the case? Each has slight different laws, and sometimes jurisdictions overlap, giving the Plaintiff (i.e. you) options where to file.
MO ST § 506.500
1. Any person or firm, whether or not a citizen or resident of this state,
or any corporation, who in person or through an agent does any of the acts
enumerated in this section, thereby submits such person, firm, or corporation, and,
if an individual, his personal representative, to the jurisdiction of the courts of this
state as to any cause of action arising from the doing of any of such acts:
(1) The transaction of any business within this state;
(2) The making of any contract
within this state;
(3) The commission of a tortious act within this state;
(4) The ownership
, use, or possession
of any real estate situated
in this state;
(5) The contracting to insure any person, property or risk located
within this state at the time of contracting;
(6) Engaging in an act of sexual intercourse within this state with
the mother of a child on or near the probable period of conception of that
Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 17.042
In addition to other acts that may constitute doing business, a nonresident does business in this
state if the nonresident:
(1) contracts by mail or otherwise with a Texas resident and either
party is to perform the contract in whole or in part in this state;
(2) commits a tort
in whole or in part in this state; or
(3) recruits Texas residents, directly or through an intermediary
located in this state, for employment inside or outside this state.
Okl. Stat. tit. 12, § 2004
Very long, but essentially similar to the above.
In summary, you can bring suit in Missouri, OR, Oklahoma, OR Texas actually. Texas allows jurisdiction in the state if one enters into a contract with a resident of the state (i.e. you). So YES, this may be done.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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