How can I be sued by a company in Florida if I am in Connecticut?
The answer will depend on the nature of the claim. Venue is typically proper where the defendant resides, conducts business, where a contract is formed, where an accident occurs, or where the contract provides for the case to be brought. Typically, a defendant needs to have minimum contacts with the forum to pass due process requirements for being served with a complaint. Due process requires it to be reasonably foreseeable that a person would be called to defend in that court.
Generally, the requirement of minimum contacts means that the defendant has to have taken actions that were purposefully directed towards the forum state. Such actions may include, among others, selling goods in the state, being incorporated in the state, visiting the state, or bringing property in the state.
If a court in another state issues a judgment, it may be enforced by the defendant's home state under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act. In Connecticut, the certified copy of judgment may be filed in the state and the foreign judgment will be treated in the same manner as a judgment of a court of Connecticut.