If You Are a Florida Resident and You Want to Bring a Claim Against a Non-Resident, What Acts Would Subject the Non-Resident to the Jurisdiction of the Florida Court System? South and Central Florida Commercial Litigation Attorney

If You Are A Florida Resident And You Want To Bring A Claim Against A Non-Resident, What Acts Would Subject The Non-Resident To The Jurisdiction Of The Florida Court System? South and Central Florida Commercial Litigation Attorney.

In certain circumstances, the answer to this question is easy to discern.  One need look no further than the provisions of Florida Statute § 48.193.  It is for that reason that we have set forth the provisions of the statue in its current entirety below.  The provisions of the statute are clear.  If a non-resident does certain enumerated things in Florida, Florida courts have jurisdiction to hear your claim.  However, many times, because of the unique facts of your case, it might not be that easy to determine whether Florida is the correct jurisdiction. As a result of this many non-resident defendants contest the issue of jurisdiction, the cases that deal with the provisions and legal interpretations of the statute are voluminous.  Thus, if you want to make a claim against a non-resident, the specific facts of your case should be analyzed by a qualified professional so that the pros and cons of making a claim in Florida can be discussed with you so that you can make a informed decision as to where you might want to bring your action.

48.193 Acts subjecting person to jurisdiction of courts of state.—
(1)(a) A person, whether or not a citizen or resident of this state, who personally or through an agent does any of the acts enumerated in this subsection thereby submits himself or herself and, if he or she is a natural person, his or her personal representative to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state for any cause of action arising from any of the following acts:
1. Operating, conducting, engaging in, or carrying on a business or business venture in this state or having an office or agency in this state.
2. Committing a tortious act within this state.
3. Owning, using, possessing, or holding a mortgage or other lien on any real property within this state.
4. Contracting to insure a person, property, or risk located within this state at the time of contracting.
5. With respect to a proceeding for alimony, child support, or division of property in connection with an action to dissolve a marriage or with respect to an independent action for support of dependents, maintaining a matrimonial domicile in this state at the time of the commencement of this action or, if the defendant resided in this state preceding the commencement of the action, whether cohabiting during that time or not. This paragraph does not change the residency requirement for filing an action for dissolution of marriage.
6. Causing injury to persons or property within this state arising out of an act or omission by the defendant outside this state, if, at or about the time of the injury, either:
a. The defendant was engaged in solicitation or service activities within this state; or
b. Products, materials, or things processed, serviced, or manufactured by the defendant anywhere were used or consumed within this state in the ordinary course of commerce, trade, or use.
7. Breaching a contract in this state by failing to perform acts required by the contract to be performed in this state.
8. With respect to a proceeding for paternity, engaging in the act of sexual intercourse within this state with respect to which a child may have been conceived.
9. Entering into a contract that complies with s. 685.102.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, an order issued, or a penalty or fine imposed, by an agency of another state is not enforceable against any person or entity incorporated or having its principal place of business in this state if the other state does not provide a mandatory right of review of the agency decision in a state court of competent jurisdiction.
(2) A defendant who is engaged in substantial and not isolated activity within this state, whether such activity is wholly interstate, intrastate, or otherwise, is subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state, whether or not the claim arises from that activity.
(3) Service of process upon any person who is subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state as provided in this section may be made by personally serving the process upon the defendant outside this state, as provided in s. 48.194. The service shall have the same effect as if it had been personally served within this state.
(4) If a defendant in his or her pleadings demands affirmative relief on causes of action unrelated to the transaction forming the basis of the plaintiff’s claim, the defendant shall thereafter in that action be subject to the jurisdiction of the court for any cause of action, regardless of its basis, which the plaintiff may by amendment assert against the defendant.

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