Can I sue a contractor I previously hired even if he is presently not in business?

Asked on April 6, 2015 under Business Law, New York


Ling Dai / The Dai Law Firm, PLLC

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor


It depends on in what capacity you hired the contractor. If you hired an individual, yes. If you hired a company, but that company is no longer in business, you may sue, but you can only recover against the company, not the owner of the business, unless you can get the court to pierce its corpirate veil.

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