said by tcope:I have to say, with my limited knowledge of the court system, short of signing some agreement to only bring a lawsuit in a specific state/area, this is true. I think the only requirements to file a lawsuit in a specific state is that the plaintiff or defendant needs to have some kind of "presence" there. This can be where one of you lives or has a place of business. said by bmilone2:
Guppy is correct, the suit would be opened in the State that the debtor lives.
So I can sign a contract, move to Russia and the person who sues me needs to do so in Russia... just because I "moved" there?
A person cannot run from their contracts and make the other party hunt them down and file in that state. That make not make any sense whatsoever.
If you want to sue someone you need to serve them. However, even if you can't find them you can still do due diligence. This might involve placing ads in a local paper and then filing a motion for a court to accept this. Happens all of the time. If you break a contract with someone you simply cannot move to a state that is more favorable to you in order to have the case heard there.