The short answer is no.
If you entered into an agreement, or renewed an greement that was “originally entered into or renewed on or after January 1, 2003,” for goods, services, property, or extensions of credit for personal, family or household purposes, the small claims court has to be in California.
Back in 2002, the California Legislature was responding to the increased use of what are called “forum clauses” that were showing up in consumer contracts. Companies were getting people to “agree” to litigate disputes outside of California as a way of frustrating recovery.
The author of the bill at the time explained that Californians were finding that they had “ ’agreed’ to defend, or to bring, any case arising from the transaction in a court located outside the State . . . [even though] . . . they may never even have seen the provision. “
As a result any provision which falls within this area of law and which supposedly requires a California resident to traipse across the country to recover under $10,000.00 is ”contrary to public policy and is void and unenforceable.”