I entered into agreement with a warehouse provider in California after I agreed with the owner the rates for processing orders (fulfillment). Once I received my first invoice I have found that he had charged me totally different to what was agreed (it's complicated) He claimed I was confused about the pricing structure but I have been over charged $1200 in only 10 days work. Now I have to pay to ship my goods elsewhere but the owner will not release goods that belong to me until he gets 100% of what he is charging (extortion?) He does not have POA of my stock but I cannot operate my business without it. I have sent him a wire for the funds he is demanding but he has yet to release them. How can I file suit for deceptive business practice and $1000 worth of additional costs incured
Unfair business practices (Business and Professions Code Section 17200 and following) provide for injunctive relief but not damages. It appears from your facts that you have a breach of contract case and perhaps, and difficult to prove, a fraud case for intentional misrepresentation.
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This is a great deal more complicated than is practical to handle as a pro per. You will need an attorney for any realistic possibility of success in this dispute.
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The process for filing a lawsuit under B&PC Section 17200 is the same for any other type of lawsuit. It involves the preparation of a summons and complaint, the filing of the complaint and issuance of the summons, and the payment of the filing fee. The complaint is a document that must be drafted by hand -- it is not simply a form to be filled out.
I strongly suggest you meet with a lawyer to help you with this process, to make sure you indeed have a viable claim under that statute, and to see whatever other claims you may have. There are many fine business litigators on AVVO that can help you.
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You will need to prepare and file a summons and complaint for violation of 17200, breach of contract and potentially other theories such as fraud by way of a false promise. I don't recommend representing yourself for claims like that...while you might save a little money up front it will likely cost you dearly as the case progresses. Give me a call if you'd like to schedule a free consultation.