Up until 3 months ago I was in a band with musicians from all over the country & one who lives in Canada, when the band broke up it was over some pointless drama that was blown out of proportion. The Canadian, in an attempt to save the group, lied to our management (extremely high level music execs; they previously managed Seether, Volbeat, and Bobby Brown) about my exit from the band claiming I was a drug addict & an alcoholic [defamation?!]. For clarification, I don’t drink in excess and the only drug i consume is marijuana. Anyways, arrangements were made to pick up my equipment (about $10,000 worth) that was being stored at the Canadians house. When questioned about pick up he blocked everyone across all forms of contact & long story short I had to go through his dad & drive 8 hours to pick up my gear. Only to find my custom handmade $3500 guitar destroyed. I consulted with my guitar technician as well as the luthier who built my guitar, both confirmed the damage was clearly intentional and could in no possible way been accidental. Do I have a case here, and is it worth pursuing? Thank you!
To begin with, it's important to understand the difference between criminal and civil remedies. As a private citizen you can't "press charges" on someone for criminal behavior. You can only report it to the police. You can sue the person for the damages, but if this behavior took place in Canada, you can't sue them here. Both the police report and any legal action would have to take place in Canada where the damage occurred and where the person lives. A MA court would not have any jurisdiction over this case, either criminally or civilly.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
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