File Small Claims On Someone In A Different State?
March 2, 2009 6:50 AM Subscribe
How do I file in small claims court against someone from another state? I am in MN, she is in WA. The MN state site for Small Claims says that the claim should be filed in the county of the defendant. Do I have to file in Seattle, or can I file in Minneapolis?
We didn't sign a contract, but I have chat logs and emails of her saying she'd do work for me, then saying she'd refund my money after not doing that work. The whole experience has taken place over 7 months.
I paid someone to create a logo for a website. I didn't sign a contract, but do have our chat logs and a few emails we have sent. After paying her up front via PayPal, because she had agreed to a reduced rate, the designer stopped answering any of my emails and basically disappeared. She's since reappeared online and has sent me one email saying that she had made comps, but would refund my money because I ended up going with a different logo after she disappeared. That email was in Novemeber, and I haven't heard from her since.
I have tried contacting her via several email addresses, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Flickr. She updates several sites online regularly, so I know that she is out there and active. I have filed a complaint with the BBB, but she is self-employed and I don't know that it's done any good.