What to do if I cannot get a mover to deliver my possessions?

I moved across the country over 3 months ago and hired a mover to truck all my belongings across the country. We agreed 1-2 weeks would work. However, I still don’t have my stuff and he refuses to cooperate. He dumped all of my belongings into a storage unit he opened in his name. None of the police departments I’ve contacted have helped; they all say it is out of their jurisdiction. The storage unit facility won’t let me in cause it’s in his name.

Asked on September 8, 2014 under Criminal Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You sue him. You file a lawsuit against him on several grounds: for breach of contract (not doing what he agreed to do), for fraud and/or consumer fraud (intentionally lying about what he would or could do in order to get you to sign up with him), and/or for conversion (basically theft). In the lawsuit you can seek a court order requiring him to return your belongings and/or monetary compensation for the value of your belongings. You probably should hire an attorney to assist you in doing this.


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