Re: My Son Was Caught Shoplifting at Wal-Mart and Got a Civil Demand Letter. What Now
no idea what-so-ever. You could ask them.
If my son opts NOT to pay the demand (we still think there is a shakedown element to this), what is the likelihood of Wal-Mart actually going through with the civil action?
presuming your son is guilty; somewhere around 100%.
And if they do, what are the chances of Wal-Mart actually receiving a judgment in their favor?
not for the civil demand. I seriously doubt it will be heard in front of a jury.
Keep in mind that the community here, and thus the jury pool, generally looks at Wal-Mart with disfavor, for well publicized reasons. Might that be a factor?
it is to compensate the store for the damages your son caused. The merchandise may not be salable and there are obvious costs with dealing with shoplifters. I would be more concerned about your son being a thief. Given that he is no longer a minor, this is the kind of thing that can follow him for the rest of his life. Not a good way to start adulthood.
The fact that the store would be seeking solely punitive damages seems preposterous. It sounds like a money grab.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.