My brother is suing me over an unpaid cell bill. Before I stopped paying he sent me a text saying that my phone would be cut off because he was angry at me. I asked for my number back as I was on his plan but he demanded $100 for that. I purchased the phone through his plan as he works for Verizon and paid in full in cash to him. I got a new number on the same phone but he fraudulently reported the phone stolen to Verizon so I had to purchase a new phone. Do I have a chance of winning a countersuit for the cost of the $850 cell phone that he made useless to me? Could I also be awarded some cost for him refusing to let me keep my own number. I have no receipts from him but I do have text messages from him to document his statement that he is shutting off my service and reporting the phone stolen fraudulently.
This is the problem with sharing an account you don't control.
You owe what you owe for your unpaid bill.
Yes, you can countersue for the cost of the phone he made useless to you. The damage for not being able to keep a number isn't quantifiable.
Not having a receipt for your payment will mean you hve to rely on whatever documents you have to show you paid $850 for the phone and your own oral testimony. Yes the texts showing his threats and his malicious stolen report is helpful. Plus false reporting a crime is itself a crime, so you can try calling the police and filing a police report.
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