My question involves an eviction in the state of: Idaho
I had a commercial lease with a company here in Idaho. To make a long story short they changed the locks on the office while I was out fishing. I called the police and was told I had to sue that they couldn't do anything for me.
They refused my wife and I entrance to the property to collect business assets including desks, computers, networking equipment, microwave, printers, mailing equipment, employees personal items and much more. I was personally unable to ever even talk to the company but I instructed my wife to and on several occasions she spoke with several different agents from the leasing company.
They eventually allowed access to the property but not for us to take out any personal property just to release a $20K mail inserting machine that was leased. They refused to let us take any of our property (including personal), and never gave us a key instead escorted us in and out of the office.
They then went through the entire eviction process (before they changed the locks the eviction hadn't even been started I think a late payment notice was issued but no eviction). Once the eviction process was complete (I assume), they took all my property from the location and I don't know what happened to it. I was unable to do anything due to extinuating circumstances for about 2 years. Happened in April of 2009.
Do I have any recourse on this company because they illegally locked me out of my office?
Has the time run out for me to file a law suit?
Can they sue me if I go to the news with the story to let people know what they did to me? (everything I have said/claimed is exactly true)
Is what they did legal or if I sue could I also sue for punitive damages?
I don't have a full list of everything that was in the office because there were employees personal belongings as well as a fully furnished office full of everything from phones, desks, chairs, computers, faxes, printers, office supplies, printed marketing materials, other furniture and fixtures, and other personal tools and equipment. So if I can sue how can I prove what all was in the office that they seized since I was never given any notice, any lists of what was taken, or any notice of where it went etc. It was literally a fully functioning office the morning they locked the doors. I was literally gone fishing when they did it.
Any help, ideas, comments, criticism, sarcasm, encouragement, empathy and/or anything else would be very much appreciated.