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Old 03-31-2019, 04:44 AM   #1
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Default Attorney general's office versus Small Claims Court

If a file a complaint on a product with the attorney general's office (which I did two weeks ago) can I still sue in small claims court at the same time, i.e. now?

Or do I have to wait for the AG's office to complete its handling of the matter?

I emailed them this same question basically but did not hear back yet.
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Old 03-31-2019, 03:37 PM   #2
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If a file a complaint on a product with the attorney general's office (which I did two weeks ago) can I still sue in small claims court at the same time, i.e. now?

Or do I have to wait for the AG's office to complete its handling of the matter?
You don't have to wait. You can file suit any time you want to. And you might as well do it soon as the AG isn't likely to accomplish anything for you.
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:27 AM   #3
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You could not file a case in two different courts for the same cause of action. It is good to wait for an outcome from the AG’s office.
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:01 AM   #4
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If a file a complaint on a product with the attorney general's office (which I did two weeks ago) can I still sue in small claims court at the same time, i.e. now?

Or do I have to wait for the AG's office to complete its handling of the matter?

I emailed them this same question basically but did not hear back yet.
Most AG complaint applications themselves tell you to consider legal action if you believe you need compensation. But filing the complaint is still a good idea and does help put pressure on the business for any wrongful behavior that may be occurring.
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You could not file a case in two different courts for the same cause of action. It is good to wait for an outcome from the AG’s office.
The AG's office is not a court so filing a complaint with the AG and filing suit in small claims court is not filing a case in two different courts.

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In my experience, unless there are numerous complaints the AG office does not really do to much.

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In my experience, unless there are numerous complaints the AG office does not really do to much.
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In my experience, unless there are numerous complaints the AG office does not really do to much.

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This is how the AGs office works. They do not represent individuals, if you want redress file on your own.
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Every reply thus far is right on the money. I have first hand experience with this issue. I was under the impression filing complaints with the BBB,the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Agriculture, then the Division of Licensing would do something. They get both sides of the story and close the case. No one told me this at any point...after much frustration, I figured it out.
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