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Getting sued.

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by e13a34d32, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. e13a34d32

    e13a34d32 Registered Member

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    Hello all I am curious about getting sued.

    I am primarily interested in how getting sued works in terms of internationally. For example, how does it work if say an american person or company wants to sue a company that is located in a foreign country, say china, russia, singapore, angola etc?

    I am american and my business is focused on selling products almost primarily to americans. So if I ever get sued it will most likely be coming from an american company or person.

    I want to mitigate the risk of getting sued by incorporating overseas. Not sure what country yet. How would this work out? Do you think someone in the states could sue me and some how notice that an american owns the company and still drag me into court?

    I am just wondering because I don't want to get sued for some idiotic reason.
     
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  2. Danny1111

    Danny1111 Elite Member

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    well they can find out in a number of ways

    check your payment processor
    check with your domain registrar
    check with your host

    they will just go down the list until they find your USA address if they believe your american

    so simply having a company in another country doesn't protect you all the way - you got to really think it through.

    and you would really need a country where they court system will side with you and not the person chasing you - otherwise you go through all this and the court orders your information released.

    also if you wire money back into the USA or use an ATM here to access funds then they can identify you.

    I guess it really depends on the person your worried about - if they got deep pockets to pay for all this stuff or not.

    goodluck
     
  3. e13a34d32

    e13a34d32 Registered Member

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    Yea I can see what you mean. I know there are ways they can track me down. I've taken a basic business law class before and when we were discussing when to sue someone a central theme that came up was cost vs reward. It was basically only sue if you can get more reward than cost.

    The idea of going offshore is to add more cost to the person who will potentially sue me. Suing an Angolan company seems like alot more work than suing an american company.

    What I am asking, basically, is what are the methods that can be deployed to discourage people from potentially suing me. My business is a SaaS (software as a service) type of business so the main things I am worried about are patent trolls and maybe copyright infringement. Getting sued by customers is basically zero. I have no direct employees so no worries there. If someone sues me it will be some other company.

    As i said before I don't want to get sued by some idiotic patent troll because I violated his, "website popup box" patent. I heard in the newspaper that spotify is getting sued by a patent troll of violating a patent that basically is about streaming music from a server. No joke.
     
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  4. Danny1111

    Danny1111 Elite Member

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    well you wont be able to use Angola

    as that is on govt watch lists and they wont allow bank transfers from that country without a good reason

    and you will be public identified then.

    so Like I said - your probably talking about Bahamas BVI or some country like that - where you make a company and have a law firm set you up a structure so you are one step away from it.

    but even then like I said - there are ways to find you anyway - and those ways typically are to follow the money trail

    they will go through your payment processor or bank - since they do business in the USA - once they are ordered they will reveal who you are.

    If you are doing something illegal and its dollar value is high enough - they will hunt you down.

    cheers