Since the seller is in Florida, the suit must be filed in Florida. This has to do with jurisdiction. In the US, contract
disputes are resolved under state law. If the person who did this is in Florida, then to keep jurisdiction, you need to file in court in Florida.
You have a few options
1. If you can figure out who the seller was? And are willing to settle for $5K? Then you can save the cost of a lawyer and file this claim in small claims
court. Under Florida law, you can sue for up to $5K.
But it does require you file this yourself...and since the small claims limit in Florida is $5K you would be limited to that amount.
2. You can have a local (Florida) attorney filed this claim for you in Florida in district court
. If you file in district court, you can file for your entire loss ($7.2K). And the lawyer can do this for you (so you pay the lawyer and they take care of the rest)
The down side is that you have to pay the lawyer. And you can not sue for your lawyers fees (since under US law, in most cases, each side must pay their own lawyers fees)
So there are your choices.
I would contact a few florida attorneys...you can find them here at the attorney referral service
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To see what they will charge to file this for you.