I am being sued for simply being associated with a company that cost customers money. I didn't know that company was being irresponsible, but the customers are saying I am liable for recommending their product. If i declare, will I be able have the judgement against me dismissed?

  • What does "simply being associated" mean? If (as you seem to imply) the lawsuit is groundless then why are you concerned about the possibility of it being decided against you? What does your legal advisor say?
    – A E
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 0:05
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    Why would you file bankruptcy because of a groundless lawsuit against you? I smell rats here.
    – user19035
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 0:43
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    You need a lawyer.
    – Zaenille
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 0:47
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    It also seems pointless to do this BEFORE you have a judgement. Declaring bankruptcy doesn't permanently make you immune from future debts.
    – JohnFx
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 1:23
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's much more about law than personal finance Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 22:14

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If you're being sued, unless it's small claims court, you need a lawyer.

And if/after there's a judgement against you and you want to explore bankruptcy as an option, you'll still need an attorney. Depending on details, your assets may not be protected from the judgement.

So any way you look at it, you need a lawyer.


Strange that they're holding you personally legally liable rather than the company. That's normally a big part of the corporate veil. You need a lawyer, not a stackexchange.


On aspect of this is that your liability in civil suit can vary substantially based on where you live. A judgement in one jurisdiction may not follow you to another (eg I believe in Vermont they do not honor out of state judgements), so there is an option to simply allow a default judgement and not worry about it.

This a pretty complex decision to get yourself the best deal. You need a lawyer to help you make the right call.

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