I had a graphic artist do some work for me (he lives in Los Angeles) and I live in Georgia a few months ago and have already paid him a SIGNIFICANT amount of money, but still had a small balance of $1,200 still left to pay. i intend to pay him what he's owed but I have had money issues myself, I've tried communicating with him that I'm trying my best to repay but it's already been 90 days and he's getting impatient (that's understandable), now he's threatening to sue me, can he sue me even though he lives in LA and I live in GA? I plan on getting him his payment in 2 weeks but he won't wait any longer, is there anything he can do to harm me with his threats? Or he is just blowing smoke up my you know what?
Yes, he can sue. Check the written contract. See an Intellectual Property attorney.
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He most certainly can, and he may even be able to sue you in his state which would force you to show up or default. More facts related to your contacts and legal analysis would be necessary to know for certain whether a CA court could assert personal jurisdiction over you, but it is within the realm of possibilities so don't take it lightly. Because the amount is so small, it would most likely be in small claims court.
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He can in fact sue you. Suing you over 1200... If he really does file, then any commercial attorney should be able to help you. This is a straightforward contract breach, not an IP issue.
Of course he can sue you. The real question is WHERE can he sue you? He can sue you in Georgia, because that's where you live. He would prefer to sue you on his home turf in California, though. Did you agree to that already in your contract? Any good contract has a "forum selection" clause deciding, in advance, where any future dispute will be dissolved.
You can't escape by jumping over a river in the General Lee. Yes, he can sue you. The real question is whether he would be required to sue you in Georgia, or whether he could do so in California.
Yes-he can sue you for the balance due. In most cases he would have to sue in Georgia. You would have the opportunity to answer the law suit in court.
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