Spartanburg, SC asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Tennessee

Q: I'm a contractor and in a dispute with a customer. She is holding my tools ransom. I don't think that's legal?

1 Lawyer Answer

Mr. James Charles Wright

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: I'm guessing you left them there- the custormer is claiming that you didn't finish the job- and that if you want the tools you can either finish the work or otherwise resolve things. You could contact the police but I am doubtful the police would get involved. After all the customer didn't go get the tools - you left them. You likely would need to bring a lawsuit to get the tools back - so it may be better (less expensive) to try to resolve matters amicably. If you can't otherwise work - you may want to notify the customer that you may suffer damages from being unable to otherwise work without those tools and that you may seek to recover those as damages.

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