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I am very sorry for your situation. How malicious. It never surprises me how malicious people can be.
To sue in a state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract
," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state because they all stem from the same common law. A pleading in Court needs at least one
cause of action, although it is not unusual to have more than one.
Here, this may qualify for the following:
1) Trespass to Chattel. Trespass to chattel lies where an intentional interference with the possession
of personal property has proximately caused injury. Thrifty-Tel, Inc. v. Bezenek, 46 Cal. App. 4th 1559 - Cal: Court of Appeal, 4th Appellate Dist., 3rd Div. 1996
2) Tortious interference
with actual/prospective business. This is when their actions are meant to hurt current/future business. Della Penna v. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., 902 P. 2d 740 - Cal: Supreme Court 1995
(general overview).Punitive damages
may also be requested aside from actual damages in loss of business and to fix the items.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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