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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today.Generally, a court is going to have jurisdiction where a defendant has their corporate headquarters or where the “nerve center” of their operations are. this means that you usually cannot file a claim in your own Hometown against an out-of-state defendant. On the other hand, there is an exception that allows a party to sue an out of state defendant if a business as held themselves out to the benefits and protections of the state you live in now. So, for example if you could prove that Carnival Cruise Lines promoted in Connecticut and sent you flyers and brochures, and it seems clear that they were looking to get Connecticut residents to enter into an agreement with them, then they would be eligible for the benefits and protections of Connecticut Law. This means that you would be able to sue in your home state. However, it is likely that their lawyers would probably have a lawsuit like that dismissed in Connecticut and force it to go to Miami. Therefore, my recommendation would be to have it filed in Miami. I know it is a while away, but you can find a process server in the area to help file and serve the documents for you.
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