Unfortunately, no. This is a terrible tragedy for litigants. However, due to the state budge crisis, the Los Angeles Superior Court had to consolidate all limited jurisdiction debt collection cases to one of two courts, Chatsworth and Norwalk.
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It is a violation of the FDCPA to sue someone in the wrong venue. If the location has been changed, either the new location violates the law or the old location violates the law. You can, and should, sue them for that. Try this:
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As the other attorneys have pointed out, unfortunately, no. This is a result of the budget cuts incurred by the Courts. You should, however, have a debt collection attorney manage this matter for you, instead of trying to defend it yourself. You have a better chance of ending up with a positive result.
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As a result of the many thousands of debt collection lawsuits and Los Angeles County budget cuts, all limited jurisdiction civil collection lawsuits are being moved to either the Chatsworth or Norwalk courthouses. Although this may be a terrible inconvenience for you, you should know that courthouse appearances are few and far between in most cases so if the necessity to appear arises, it will not be that often.