Ransom demand (lien)

Unless it’s particularly allowed for in your terms and conditions you can only exercise a lien over goods that are actually connected with the outstanding debt. So if you were owed money for storage you could hold the goods that you were storing against payment of the storage fees. You can’t exercise a lien over goods that you collect today as security for a debt that’s outstanding from last month.

Having said that, it would be a civil matter anyway and the only recourse the customer would have would be to sue you for any losses incurred by your wrongful detention of their goods.
 

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, Late Payment, Legal Issues

Posted by Alec at 12:29 pm, November 20, 2007

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