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Chapter 367

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  367.046.  Procedure to reclaim purchase price of misappropriated goods. — 1.  To obtain from a pawnbroker the amount of purchase for tangible personal property which a purchaser claims was misappropriated prior to the purchase, the purchaser shall file a petition in a court of competent jurisdiction in the county where the pawnbroker's pawnshop is located, requesting the return of the purchase amount, naming the pawnbroker as a defendant and serving the pawnbroker with the petition.  The provisions of section 482.305 to the contrary notwithstanding, a court of competent jurisdiction shall include a small claims court, even if the purchase amount named in the petition is greater than three thousand dollars.  Upon receiving notice that a petition has been filed by a purchaser for the amount of purchase, the purchaser shall hold the purchased property until the right to possession is resolved by the parties or by a court of competent jurisdiction, unless such property is subject to a hold order for law enforcement purposes and a law enforcement officer has provided written acknowledgment that the property has been released to the officer.

  2.  Upon being served notice that a petition has been filed pursuant to this section, the pawnbroker may return the amount of purchase to the purchaser prior to a decision being rendered on the purchaser's petition by the court.  The pawnbroker shall return the amount of purchase to the purchaser conditioned only upon the purchaser withdrawing the petition filed with a court of competent jurisdiction seeking the disposition of such property.  The provisions of this section to the contrary notwithstanding, the pawnbroker shall not be required to pay any costs incurred by the purchaser and the purchaser shall not be required to pay any costs incurred by the pawnbroker when the amount of purchase is returned to the purchaser pursuant to this subsection.

  3.  When a purchaser files a petition pursuant to this section, the pawnbroker may bring the conveying customer of the alleged misappropriated property into the action as a third-party defendant.  If after notice to the pawnbroker and an opportunity to add the conveying customer as a defendant, the purchased property is found by a court to have been misappropriated and purchased by the purchaser in good faith, then:

  (1)  The prevailing purchaser may recover from the pawnbroker the cost of the action, including attorney's fees;

  (2)  The conveying customer shall be liable to repay the pawnbroker the full amount received from the pawn or sales transaction, including all applicable fees and interest charged and the costs incurred by the pawnbroker in pursuing the procedure described in this section, including attorney's fees.


(L. 1998 H.B. 1526)

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