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I had a contract with a blogger to wear my product. In the

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I had a contract with a blogger to wear my product. In the contract it stated that she was to remain in possession of the item at all times and to return the property to the carrier for hire upon completion (which was FedEx). Instead she is now claiming her husband/assistant dropped the package off in the Taco Bell headquarters mail room and claims FedEx must have stolen in it. When the package weighed in at FedEx it appeared to only weigh 1lb when it shoud have weighed nearly 3lbs. The package did appear to be cut and received an empty box. However, because it was not directly given to FedEx we have no way of knowing the weight prior to that first weigh in. They do not want to pay to replace the package (valued at $5000) and are only willing to pay 1/5th of the cost. I'm contemplating taking matters further but am not sure if I even have a shot of enforcing this contract?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Their claims do not make sense. If they dropped the item, then what did they ship? If they did not ship it, then how could a FedEx employee have stolen it? Or are they claiming that they they did ship it, but the FedEx employee cut out the item from the package? Please clarify. Thanks.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Ely,They are claiming they took the following steps1. The put the item in the box on Sunday night.
2. On Monday morning the husband finished taping the box up at his place of employment and then left the box with the handbag inside at the Taco Bell mailroom from approximately 7am - 12pm.
3. The FedEx driver picked up the box at 12:28pm.
4. FedEx scanned the box into their hub at approximately 8pm.The blogger is stating that she shipped the item but believes FedEx stole the item and it should be between FedEx and I to resolve the situation.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

Thank you.

It is up to you to decide whether you BELIEVE them and pursue FedEx, or, to pursue the sender. Frankly, this whole situation sounds iffy and likely, they are the ones responsible.

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.

Herein, this can be a case for breach of contract, conversion, and interference with chattel.

Breach of contract is self explanatory.

Conversion is civil theft.

Interference with chattel is interference with proper ownership of an item.

Likely, FedEx would disavow any wrongdoing, and the Court is likely to believe FedEx over them, if FedEx is subpoenaed to reply.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi there,Thank you. I've uploaded the actual contract (very brief-1 page) to see if you can understand if this was in fact a breach of contract based on the evidence as well as the contract in place.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Apologies - the contract did not seem to have attached. Please, try again?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My bad, this should work now.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
The elements of a cause of action for breach of contract are (1) the existence of the contract, (2) plaintiff's performance or excuse for nonperformance, (3) defendant's breach, and (4) the resulting damages to the plaintiff. (Reichert v. General Ins. Co. (1968) 68 Cal.2d 822, 830 [69 Cal.Rptr. 321, 442 P.2d 377].)
The contract is clear in that she had to return the item. It even discusses loss reimbursement.
So yes, breach of contract may apply, along with conversion and interference with chattel, as described earlier.
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Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!