What to do if I have a potential lawsuit against my firm regarding the termination of my employment agreement?

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What to do if I have a potential lawsuit against my firm regarding the termination of my employment agreement?

In a nutshell, the principal is stating that I terminated without notice which is set at 12 months. However, I actually terminated due to a breach by principal for just cause due to the fact their devices are not FCC approved. Since I cannot import nor sell non-authorized devices in the US, I terminated the agreement. The termination is based on the section where for just cause due to laws and regulations where the principal does not meet. Anyway, my firm is located in the US and the principal is located in Finland where all disputes are resolved and where the jurisdiction resides for this agreement. Do I eed to answer this lawsiut?

Asked on April 21, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The question you ask cannot be answered based solely on what you write: you need an attorney to 1) review the exact terms of the agreement (contracts are governed by their precise language); 2) discuss all the details of the situation with you at length; and 3) review the interplay of U.S. and Finnish law. The short answer, though, is yes, you could face liabilty, especially if you do not answer the lawsuit and therefore default on it; it is possible to enforce foreign judgments in the U.S. Unless this is for a trivial amount of money, it is worthwhile to bring the agreement to an attorney to review with you.


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