Do I have any legal grounds upon which I can sue a rental car company for making a false police report that the car was stolen?
3 attorney answers
I think that you do have a claim particularly if you have contemporaneous emails extending the rental and you credit card was valid and could accept the charges as they accumulated.
Greetings, we agree with Fred's response above, but stop short of saying you have a claim. Instead we think that there's enough facts to your story that an investigation into whether you have a claim is worthwhile. In New York, while false arrest and malicious prosecution claims against non-governmental entities are rare, they do exist. Your allegation that Enterprise accused you of using a fake credit card adds meat to the claim. However the fact that you had a suspended license likely supports probable cause, which is a defense to a false arrest claim. And you don't elaborate to what extent the prosecution continued after your first appearance to allow anyone to feel too confident about a mal pros claim. Separately, your allegation that Enterprise called your Chairman adds even more to unpack as now claims of defamation or tortious interference come into play. You should speak with a local civil rights attorney to flesh out the facts and determine any possible claims. Good luck.
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" I was 5 days late on returning the car."
Making Enterprise's report entirely justified.
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