If I was renting a locker from my university and in breach of contract threw away my belongings, what is the potential for sucess in suing them?

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If I was renting a locker from my university and in breach of contract threw away my belongings, what is the potential for sucess in suing them?

I had a box of magic which had collector’s cards in there which were valued at about $16,000. They want proof that they were there or they won’t replace them. I have evidence that I am a huge collector and the rest of my collection is quite valuable but no real records of those specific cards. Do I have legal grounds and would the university win a lawsuit based on the prove it argument?

Asked on July 19, 2017 under Business Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

As much as we lawyers want to take credit for success in court, it mostly comes down to evidence. The person suing must prove his or her case by a "preponderance of the evidence": i.e. that it is more likely than not that things happened as he/she says. This includes proving damages, or the existence of and value of what was lost. If you can't prove that you had these cards (and their current value, if you prove you had them), you will fail to prove your case and most likely lose.


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