Legal Question in Business Law in Washington

PayPal withdraws $1100 from Seller AFTER seller Shipped laptop

I sold my laptop on eBay for $1100. Once the money was deposited into my PayPal account I shipped the item internationally via a trackable and signed UPS package. A week later PayPal withdrew the $1100 dollars from my account citing that the buyer used a fradulent form of payment.

I find it weird that PayPal notified of the fraud me AFTER I both the money was deposited into my account and shipped the laptop. I fulfilled, in good faith, my role as a seller and feel that I should either get my laptop or my money back.

Can I take PayPal to court? When someone purschases something on using a someone else credit card, for example, the credit cards don't go after Amazon. Can PayPal legally steal that money from me?

Asked on 12/21/05, 8:00 pm

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Lee Brettin Brettin Law Office
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Re: PayPal withdraws $1100 from Seller AFTER seller Shipped laptop

Sorry to hear about your loss. I think you’ve got a couple valid points. However, before rendering a legal opinion on loss liability I would need to read the fine print in your Paypal “click-approve” agreement. Usually on-line service providers are very careful about furnishing disclaimers, warranties and representations that cover this kind of petty fraud in detail. I recommend that you read the fine print in the agreement before deciding on your next step and best course of action. Good luck. Lee

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Answered on 12/21/05, 8:25 pm

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