Q: Lost racket at sports club,found by employee, left in their office and then disappeared from there. Can I take action?
I left my racket at a sports club of which I wasn't a member. The coach picked it up and confirmed by email that he had it and had left it in his office. Then the COVID crisis hit so I was unable to visit the club to pick it up. The staff member was furloughed and never returned. Now the club is claiming that they know nothing about the racket. Can I claim compensation?
A: Yes, you can bring an action for replevin to return your personal property to you. That email acknowledging possession is an indication of having possession of your chattel. Assuming the coach is an employee, the owner of the club is responsible also, so sue them both. If the racket is worth less than $3,000, you can file a legal action in your local small claims Village or Town Justice Court under the Uniform Justice Court Act - UJC § 202 and do not need to hire an attorney to do it, though it may be worthwhile.
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