Where to Bring Suit-Tactical Implications of Venue


M.G.L. c. 223 § 2 states in which venue suit may be brought in a commercial debt collection.

It affords a District Court personal jurisdiction over a defendant if the court’s judicial district adjoins the judicial district where one of the parties or one of the alleged trustees lives or has a usual place of business. Specifically, the statute provides as follows:

[A] transitory action in a district court shall be brought in a court in the judicial district where one of the parties lives or has his usual place of business or in a court, the judicial district of which is adjacent to the judicial district where one of the parties lives or has his usual place of business or, if in connection with the commencement of such an action the approval of trustee process is sought, that action shall be brought in a court in the judicial district where one of the parties or any person alleged to be trustee lives or has a usual place of business, or in a court the judicial district of which adjoins the judicial district where one of the parties or one of the alleged trustees lives or has a usual place of business.

(Emphasis added).

In commercial litigation, that gives you the creditor three or more venues or locations to choose from when deciding where to bring suit. This has important tactical implications as some courthouses are more efficient than others.

Alan M. Cohen is an AV rated commercial bad debt collection attorney with over thirty years of experience. He knows the advantages and disadvantages of local courts.

 Contact us today by calling (508) 620-6900 or emailing alanmcohen@collections-law.com to use our aggressive debt collection tactics to help you to collect your debt.

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