There are many things your business may have to address, and knowing how to respond effectively is essential. One of these may be facing a lawsuit in some far-away jurisdiction where you don’t operate. What you definitely should not do is simply ignore the case. If you find yourself as the defendant in a commercial litigation action in Florida when you have no contacts with Florida, you need to contact a knowledgeable Florida attorney. Your skilled South Florida commercial litigation attorney can go to court for you for the express limited purpose of getting that lawsuit dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. That way, you will not be in peril of a potentially damaging judgment that could result if you made the mistake of just ignoring the lawsuit.
A recent case from the Tampa Bay area is good example of a proper response. The case involved two companies engaged in a tortious interference action. The plaintiff’s case asserted that the defendant induced an engineer to leave his job with the plaintiff to take a managerial position within the defendant’s Virginia office.
The plaintiff was a Florida corporation headquartered in St. Petersburg and the plaintiff sued in state court in Pinellas County. The defendant, however, was a California corporation based in San Diego, and did not want to face a trial in Florida. The California company retained local counsel and asked the court to dismiss the plaintiff’s case. This was a wise move.