What is forum shopping?

Forum shopping occurs when a plaintiff has a choice of several jurisdictions in which to file a lawsuit and he choose one in which he feels he feels he has the best chance at winning. For example, where the plaintiff and defendant reside in different states the plaintiff could sue in a state court in the state where he resides, or where the defendant resides or in federal court if the amount in controversy exceeds the jurisdictional amount to qualify for the federal court's diversity jurisdiction. The plaintiff looks to file in whichever court he feels best suits his purposes, usually a state or federal court in the state of his location. This will make the suit easier and less expensive for him to pursue and harder and more expensive for the defendant to handle. The plaintiff might also feel he will get a more friendly court with a judge and jury of his own state against a person from another.