I am suing a couple of DC agencies with some employees. Do the employees have to be DC residents for me to name them as defendants or do I have to sue them in USDC in DC also, simultaneously? Also may I name them as defendants if I don't yet have their addresses. If they are outside the jurisdiction of DC Superior Court, will the suit a against DC government be dismissed? How does that all work? One of the agencies is FEMS. The harm occurred in DC.
If you have a valid case I'm sure some attorney would take it. If they didn't you need to think hard before investing the money involved in suing all those people as the costs of serving them will be very high.]
As long as their acts occurred in DC you may sue them in DC Superior Court.
Suing an government agency isn't always the easiest process. Key term to consider- Was the employee acting within the scope of employment. Be sure to check the Inspector General rules for each specific agency. You may need to submit a grievance with that department first and receive a right to sue notification. Plus, proving you explored all avenues will help boost your case in court. Once given the green light from all internal processes, the location of the injury will help lead jurisdictional issues.
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