I hired an agent to collect rent on my property. He collected rent for 2 years while I was overseas. When I returned, he refused to give the money to me as agreed. I will have to sue for breach of contract and conversion. Should I also sue for an "accounting"? What exactly is that? Thanks
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"Accounting" is an equitable cause of action, meaning money damages are not sufficient, so you need to ask the Court to order the other side to "do" something. If the balances owed from defendant to you are unknown, it is proper to plead a cause of action for "accounting" so defendant accounts for the various transactions and the court can determine what damages (if any) should be awarded to you. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
I agree with Mr. Mashal. It is not a cause of action, but a prayer for relief as part of another cause of action. Similar results can be obtained in discovery.
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