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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Can you tell me if you have proof of the number of containers, and the agreement that you entered into with this other individual?
Yes I do have all documentation with dates that left Brazil and arrived in USA. Also all amounts received and paid
This individual is still in business, correct? Does he have significant assets in his business?
Yes he is still in business...
He only think he should receive more for the operation and is retaining my money.
While you can try to file a criminal complaint against this individual (alleging that this is, in essence, embezzlement), the police more likely than not would say that this is a "civil matter" and would refuse to get involved. While they could get involved, they probably wouldn't.. That being said, it's clearly a breach of contract, and could even be "conversion" (civil theft) and something that is clearly actionable because you had an agreement with him for a certain amount per container, and if he is unhappy with that, there might be something that he could do on a future basis, but for containers that were received during the operational times of the agreement (where he did not modify the agreement terms) he would have to comply with those.
That being said, you need to contact an attorney in the area (where they were received) that deals with breach of contract cases. Go to www.lawyers.com or www.legalmatch.com to find an attorney in your area. You should be able to find one that will give you a free initial consultation and better advise you of your rights, any problems with your case, likelihood of success, how courts are treating cases such as yours in your area, and what you should do next.
It's a pretty clear case, and so the main question is likelihood of recovery.
That's why I asked if he was still in business and had assets, etc...
You can get a judgment, but without assets to "seize" to satisfy that judgment, such a judgment might not be worth the paper that it's written on.
But if this individual does have assets, money, etc... in the business, then you can certainly sue and obtain a judgment against him for this amount, and it would be a pretty clear case.
Do you have an estimation of how much would be the attorney honorariums for a case like this?
Some would take the case on contingency (33-40%), but if you were to pay hourly, that really depends upon how long it would take. If the other side wouldn't oppose it, or you could get the case handled relatively quickly, then it shouldn't be more than $10,000. But it's possible that it could be much higher than that.
I would also ask the attorney about ability to recover attorney fees in such a case.
Ok. I will try for the last time a pacific contact and tell him that I will put my attorneys to lead the case after this last contact.
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