Marinette, WI asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Litigation and Internet Law for Michigan

Q: Need help with Personal & Venue Jurisdiction with multiple parties during online car deal purchase

Purchased car online. Started with Dealer 1, car was at Dealer 2, Dealer 3 also in it & Dealer 3 is parent company of 1&2. Dealer 1&3 live in 1 state, Dealer 2 in 1 state and myself in 1 state. Dealer's 1&3 have branches in many states including mine. Dealer 2 is on Retail Installment which states their state. Contract & transaction all fraudulent. Can I file in my state as 2 others have branches here & this was online deal so I feel Dealer 2 would have limited contact since online sales with many states. Judges Opinion re: online car sales, jurisdiction lies with Buyer. I just need to get this right, I have to file asap. I feel also since parent comp has a branch in my state also wouldn't majority rule & since Dealer 2 is owned by them?

1 Lawyer Answer
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: You really need to find a lawyer; this is far more complex than you think it is. And if you try doing this on your own, without a full knowledge of the court rules and applicable case law, you are going to find yourself the recipient of a summary disposition, meaning your case will be over before it begins, by any reasonably competent attorney.

I realize you want this done quickly and don't want it "dragged out". But there's a thing called due process, requiring notice and an opportunity to be heard. There is no way to make a "prima facia" case, expecting that to be the end-all-be-all; the law doesn't work like that.

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