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AGO Opinions with Topic: CIVIL ACTION FOR DAMAGES UNDER RCW 4.24.230
AGO 1979 No. 11 >  May 15, 1979
SHOPLIFTING - COURTS - CIVIL ACTION FOR DAMAGES UNDER RCW 4.24.230
SHOPLIFTING ‑- COURTS ‑- CIVIL ACTION FOR DAMAGES UNDER RCW 4.24.230 (1) If gasoline in the pumps is offered and marked for sale by a business, the wrongful act of converting this product is covered by RCW 4.24.230 as a wrongful taking of goods, wares or merchandise displayed or offered for sale.  (2) A cause of action for wrongful conversion may be brought under RCW 4.24.230 even though no "actual damages" are alleged.  (3) Where the amount claimed consists in part or in whole of penalties authorized under RCW 4.24.230 but the claim in its entirety does not exceed $300, a special action for wrongful conversion may be brought in the small claims department of a justice court operating under chapters 3.30 through 3.74 RCW.
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