Damages and Remedies for Breach of Peace
All cases are different, but here are the categories of damages available under the law for illegal repossessions:
- Return of your vehicle (or payment of the value of the vehicle)
- Waiver of future payments (you get to keep the vehicle for free)
- Return of all payments made
- Payment of your attorneys' fees and costs
Types and Categories of Damages
When a breach of peace repossession occurs you may also have the ability to sue for violations of other Wisconsin consumer protection laws. These laws provide for other categories of damages. These damages fall into two main categories: actual damages and statutory damages. Statutory damages are like a “fine” created by the law – the lender/repo agent violated the law and owes you a fine. Most of the time these damages are capped at $1,000. Actual damages are the actual harms and losses you have sustained. Sometimes these can include your emotional distress damages for stress, embarrassment, and “pain and suffering.” During your consultation we will review the potential outcomes remedies available on your potential case.
Punitive Damages and Repossessions
We also seek punitive damages for our clients – damages designed to punish the wrongdoers for breaking the law. Attorney DeLadurantey has helped clients receive extensive punitive damages at trial.
Schedule a free consultation and explore your rights, options, and potential remedies. All cases and outcomes are different, but a free consultation will make sure you understand your legal rights under Wisconsin’s consumer protection laws.