Question from Rce, What Legal Actions Can I Take If My Reseller Pilfered My Products Worth CND$75,000 in Canada?
Answer from AI:
Understanding Your Legal Position
Even without a formal written contract, verbal and text message agreements can still be legally binding in Canada. However, proving the existence and terms of such agreements can be more challenging. The Criminal Code of Canada considers theft over $5,000 as a serious crime, and if your reseller has indeed pilfered your products, this could potentially be a criminal matter.
Possible Legal Actions
Here are some steps you might consider:
- Document Everything: Gather all evidence of your agreement and the theft. This could include text messages, emails, or any other form of communication that indicates the terms of your agreement and the subsequent actions of the reseller.
- Report to the Police: If you believe a theft has occurred, you should report it to your local police department. Provide them with all the evidence you have collected.
- Legal Action: You may consider filing a lawsuit against the reseller for breach of contract and/or conversion (a civil wrong where one person converts another’s property to his or her own use). This could potentially allow you to recover the value of the stolen goods.
Seeking Legal Advice
Given the high value of the goods and the complexity of the situation, it would be advisable to consult with a legal professional. A lawyer can help you understand your options, guide you through the legal process, and represent your interests in any potential litigation. The Law Society of Ontario, for example, offers a referral service that can help you find a lawyer suitable for your case.
Remember, this information is a general guide and not a substitute for legal advice. Every situation is unique and the law can vary depending on the specific facts and the jurisdiction.