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Information provided to another business by shipping company

Hi, I had a package that was supposed to be delivered to my office by a
large shipping company and I wasn’t at the office so they approached my
neighbor completely different office address and asked them to hold it for
me and sign for it. The problem is that the business they dropped the
package with was my client and the package was from my supplier clearly
marked. This put me in a very awkward situation because now my client
knows where I get my product and can compare prices and also required
me to meet with my client when I wasn’t prepared to pick up the package.
I’ve been nurturing the customer and now I believe this has affected what
I’m working towards. I just got off the phone with the company and all I got
was ‘I’m sorry’. Is there anything I can do here?

Asked on May 27, 2016 under Business Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, there isn't anything you can do, unfortunately. The harm you are worried about is too speculative (there may be no effect) and too difficult to prove (even if something happens, how can you prove this caused it? and how can you prove the exact extent of the loss or harm?)--the law does not provide compensation for hypothetical or unprovable/unquantifiable harm.

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