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You asked in which State you could or should file a lawsuit for the return of your deposit,
ANSWER - You have a choice of States in which to file your lawsuit, Since it involves real property, you can sue him in the Courts of Vermont, the State in which the real property is located. You can also choose to file your lawsuit in a Massachusetts Court because the owner of the property is the individual who is holding your deposit money, and who also is a Massachusetts resident. Since it will be easier to serve the defendant with the Summons and Complaint in Massachusetts, his State of residence, you should opt to sue in Massachusetts. Besides the causes of action you have already mentioned - fraud, improper use and misuse of your personal information, you should also include the grounds of all harm he has done to your credit worthiness. You should order a copy of your credit report to determine to what extent he has negatively impacted your credit score and also to determine the extent and the kind of derogatory remarks he has placed in your credit file. You can add that as one of your claims and also ask the Judge to Order him to remove all negative remarks which he has caused to be placed in your credit file and that his failure to remove these negative remarks should be considered as Contempt of the Court Order. If a finding of Contempt of Court is made by the Court, he can be sentenced to jail time of up to 6 months.
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