When you are involved in commercial litigation, you might be faced with many possible challenges. As one example, what if you believe that your opposition flat-out lied to the court in order to obtain a favorable ruling? This is one example of the many possible unexpected events that may affect your case, and it illustrates why it pays to have experienced and skillful Georgia business litigation counsel handling your case.
A recent federal case that began in Atlanta involved allegations of this type. The underlying lawsuit was itself triggered by the defendant’s alleged deception. According to the complaint, a Pittsburgh-based cybersecurity company managed to download a 1,718-page file stored on a computer owned by an Atlanta-based cancer testing laboratory. The file allegedly contained several patients’ private identity information (like Social Security numbers) and personal medical information. The cybersecurity company, however, told the lab that it had discovered the file on the publicly available internet (specifically, a peer-to-peer filesharing site) and used that claim to try to solicit the lab as a client of its security services, according to the lab.
The lab sued the cybersecurity firm for computer fraud. The case started in state court in Fulton County but later moved to the federal District Court in Atlanta. That court eventually threw out the case because it decided that the cybersecurity entity didn’t have sufficient contacts with Georgia, and, as a result, the court here didn’t have jurisdiction over the defendant. Jurisdiction can be a very important piece of your litigation puzzle. If you are an Atlanta entity or individual, chances are that you’d rather litigate your commercial disputes in Georgia as opposed to some faraway state. However, it is important to make certain that the person or entity that you seek to sue has close enough ties to Georgia to allow you to bring your case here, or you risk having the judge dismiss your case.