Hello all, I am a new member here and hoping this is a good place to be! Anyways I Own and Operate a small Trucking Company, where I Lease Independent Owner Operators (Sub Contractors) to haul freight for me. I supply the Fuel Card, Allow Cash Advances, Insurance, Plates, etc. for the Contractors. Well I had a Contractor quit, pumped truck full of Fuel and never paid me for it. It has been 2 years now since the Contractor left. I send numerous letters, proved his dispute wrong multiply times then I even hired a Debt Collector to help me collect the debt. The debt collector was unable to collect and gave up in my opinion and I will never use that Firm ever again so I decided to fill a Small Claim Law Suit against my former contractor. I read on Iowa State Guideline's that I can file a Small Claim in either the County the Defendant resides or the County where the Debt occurred. I tried serving him thru the Postal System which was unsuccessful so I had the Sheriff's Office do it for me. Shortly after I got notice of him being Served I got a letter in the mail from a Attorney with a copy of a Request to change the Venue to the Defendant's County and for me to pay $150 Attorney Fees plus any Court Charge for this. I have also had a request to change the date till the end of the month. I have no problem with prolonging the date, but I have a problem with the Venue change. What are my options? I don't want to be strong armed by him or his Attorney. I am not scared to go up there, but it is 250miles from me. If we make it to court, he will lose. It is Black and White with plenty of good Documentation and a Solid Lease Agreement between him and me. I can't be 100% sure, but it should be a easy case to win. I just don't know how I can put resistance on my end towards the Venue change. Please Help I have no experience with this!