I shoplifted at Walmart of 15 dollars worth of stu may 2011. I got one letter and phone call.from them. I ignored them but today Feb 2012, I got a call from them. Is this serious are they gonna sue me? Should I call back? Im scared
You probably received a civil demand letter which is routine. Whether Walmart actually sues you is up to them. However, they would have to pay their attorneys and pay the filing fees in order to get a few hundred dollars from you. Fiscally, that does not make a lot of sense.
Look at the location of the attorney's office who filed the letter. Unless it is local, it is unlikely a lawsuit will follow.
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This is a typical demand letter to a person for damages from the merchant. Techically, the merchant's law firm may sue you for the amount of damages and other damages, yet, in reality, such litigation, filing fees, service, attorneys fees may be much more than the amount in question.
Usually, the demand letter from the law firm is such technique of legal coersion to make people pay without filing a civil action.
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