I reside in Canada. A dentist that resides in Mexico will bring forth a libel suit for a review posted on the internet. Using the courts in Arizona to do so. Who is best suited to defend against the defamation case, Canadian or American lawyer, does it matter? Does it have to be a defense lawyer in that state. Can jurisdiction be moved to Canada? Thank you for your time and expertise.
Unless the Canadian lawyer is licensed in Arizona that Canadian lawyer would not be allowed to represent you in a case filed in Arizona. Whether the Arizona courts have personal jurisdiction over you depends upon facts which you have not stated, probably because you do not know which facts might be relevant. If an action is filed in Arizona, your Arizona counsel might motion for dismissal based on a lack of personal jurisdiction and/or in the alternative motion for forum non conviens - essentially arguing that the venue should be in Canada - and both motions might need to be made via a special appearance procedure so you do not waive the personal jurisdiction issue, at least that is how we would handle this in California, Arizona could be different. Consult an Arizona defamation/slander/libel attorney.
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I agree with Mr. Kelly that a suit brought in Arizona will need to be defended by an attorney licensed in that State. I also agree that the bigger question is why an Arizona court would have jurisdiction to rule on such a claim.
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A Mexican doctor and a Canadian are fighting in Arizona? It sounds like a juriscition matter so why move the matter to Canada? You may benefit with speaking to an Arizona attorney to determine you best move. Good luck.
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