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If one party sells stolen goods to a buyer, the buyer may have a basis to sue the seller for damages that result. In other words, if a buyer purchases stolen goods in good faith and later finds that the goods are stolen, and when those goods have been seized, the buyer could typically sue the seller to recover the value of the damages that resulted to the buyer. The buyer may also seek court costs and attorneys fees.Unfortunately, jurisdictional issues can be rather complicated when a transaction crosses state lines. Frequently, a buyer's state may not have personal jurisdiction over a seller unless a seller has substantial ties to the buyer's state, such as when the seller markets directly to that state (this more than simply posting an ad online). For your benefit, I've included an article below that explains personal jurisdiction in greater detail.Personal Jurisdictionhttp://www.lectlaw.com/def2/p211.htm
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In Florida, the small claims limit is $5,000. If the value in controversy is greater than $5,000, a lawsuit is not eligible for small claims court. In either case, it's usually prudent to retain an attorney, as you may be able to recover your attorney's fees from the other party if you win. Having an attorney basically helps to ensure that you're properly represented through the whole process.The best way to retain an out of state attorney is by locating an attorney using one of the services listed below. Martindale and Lawyers.com are especially nice, as they provide additional information, links to attorneys' websites, and reviews of attorneys (sometimes). However, the lawyer referral service is also a great tool. You can then contact the attorneys using the contact information you receive there and you should be able to retain them through email, phone, and/or fax if they wish to represent you.Lawyers.com, Martindale, Local Lawyer Referral Service,
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