Can I sue for punitive damages in small claims court if I can prove fraud?

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Can I sue for punitive damages in small claims court if I can prove fraud?

The potential defendant forged my signature on a couple of 2-party checks of which I was one of the listed payees; the defendant was the other. They deposited/cashed the checks and still have the money. The total amount was over $5k

Asked on July 1, 2014 under Business Law, California

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Maury Beaulier / MinnesotaLawyers.com

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

No.  In Conciliation Court you must demonstrated actual damages, punitive damages would not be avialble 


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