Business Law, 13th Edition Question Marya Callais, a citizen of Florida, was walking along a busy street in Tallahassee, Florida, when a large crate flew off a passing truck and hit her, causing numerous injuries. She experienced a great deal of pain and suffering, incurred significant medical expenses, and could not work for six months. She wants to sue the trucking firm for $300,000 in damages. The firm’s headquarters are in Georgia, although the company does business in Florida. In what court might Callais bring suit—a Florida state court, a Georgia state court, or a federal court? What factors might influence her decision? Marya Callais, a citizen of Florida, was walking along a busy street in Tallahassee, Florida, when a large crate flew off a passing truck and hit her, causing numerous injuries. She experienced a great deal of pain and suffering, incurred significant medical expenses, and could not work for six months. She wants to sue the trucking firm for $300,000 in damages. Who is the potential plaintiff in this lawsuit? Select: Marya/trucking firm Who is the potential defendant? Select: Marya/trucking firm How does a court get personal jurisdiction over a plaintiff? When the plaintiff files a Select: complaint/motion/answer/memorandum in that court. In order for Marya to sue the trucking firm, she has to file the lawsuit in a court that also has personal jurisdiction over the Select: plaintiff/defendant The firm’s headquarters are in Georgia, although the company does business in Florida. In what court might Callais bring suit—a Florida state court, a Georgia state court, or a federal court? What factors might influence her decision? What state(s) have personal jurisdiction over the trucking firm? 1. Select: Georgia/Alabama/South CarolinaI 2. Select: Florida/Alabama/South Carolina Why? Its headquarters is in Select: Georgia/Florida/Alabama/Washington D.C. and does business in Select: Georgia/Florida/Alabama/Washington D.C. Can Marya sue the trucking firm in Georgia and Florida state courts? Select: Yes/No Does Marya want to sue the trucking firm in Georgia? Select: Yes/No Why? 1. Select: she has to travel there/more sympathetic jury in GA/the court is closer to her home/witnesses are there/may know or get recommendations to local lawyers/FL residents may be a more sympathetic jury 2. Select: she has to get a lawyer there/more sympathetic jury in GA/the court is closer to her home/witnesses are there/may know or get recommendations to local lawyers/FL residents may be a more sympathetic jury 3. Select: more sympathetic jury in GA/the court is closer to her home/witnesses are there/witnesses have to travel there/may know or get recommendations to local lawyers/FL residents may be a more sympathetic jury Does Marya want to sue the trucking firm in FL? Select: Yes/No Why? 1. Select: the court is closer to her home/she has to travel there/witnesses have to travel there/she has to get a lawyer there/more sympathetic jury in GA 2. Select: may know or get recommendations to local lawyers/she has to travel there/witnesses have to travel there/she has to get a lawyer there/more sympathetic jury in GA 3. Select: FL residents may be a more sympathetic jury/she has to travel there/witnesses have to travel there/she has to get a lawyer theremore sympathetic jury in GA 4. Select: she has to travel there/witnesses have to travel there/she has to get a lawyer there/more sympathetic jury in GA/witnesses are there Can Marya sue the trucking firm in a federal trial court? Select: Yes/No Why? 1. Select: residents of different states/trucking firm is a federal government business/the accident happened in the U.S.A. Select: trucking firm is a federal government businessover $75000/the accident happened in the U.S.A. blueprint.png What if the trucking firm did not do business in Florida but was just passing through-Could Marya still sue in Florida? Select Yes/No Why? Yes, if the trucking firm has SelectmaximumminimumItem 23 contacts in Florida. Does the firm have minimum contacts in Florida? Select Yes/No Why? Yes, because it caused the accident in Select Florida/ Georgia What if the truck did not cause the accident and was just passing through? Select Yes/No Why? No, as there was no Select maximum/minimum contacts. Courts have held that generally the company must be advertising or selling goods in the state to have minimum contacts. What type of statute allows one state to reach into another state and bring a defendant into the first state’s courts? Select Short-arm statues/Long-arm statutes