My ex bought me a pro camera a few years ago (when we were a couple). It cost around 1000 euros at that time. He said that for it I need to make 14 days of photoshooting for him. Since we spent a lot of time together, I made a lot of pictures for him and did not count the days. Now we are not together and he asks me to give the camera back. Our agreement was not written, it was verbal. Can he sue me saying that I did not follow the agreement?

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    You say it was a gift in the title and tags but in the text you say it was contingent on you making the footage. Which is it? Nov 23, 2020 at 13:07
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    Additionally, the European Union is not a country and laws are not standar throughout. Where are you located? Nov 23, 2020 at 13:08

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There is no law against your ex asking for the camera back (up to a point- this could be considered harrassment if it went too far).

I'll say the obligatory line here- anyone can sue anyone for anything- but it might not go anywhere. Since you don't want to give the camera back, his next step would be to file in a small claims court or similar (depending on country, though I believe most European countries have something similar) for the camera or its value.

From what you're said, this could be considered a verbal contract. In that case, you could be expected to complete the contract or return the camera. It's worth pointing out that if the contract is voided, you would likely be able to keep the photos taken.

If, however, the court found that either the camera was a gift or that the contract had been fulfilled, it would legally be yours.

  • Her ex would certainly have no chances under common contract law. The gist of this question is how it works in civil law.
    – Greendrake
    Nov 23, 2020 at 22:08
  • In Germany, you could ask for the gift back in case of "extreme ingratitude". Splitting up from your then boyfriend wouldn't count. Him splitting up after you tried to poison him would.
    – gnasher729
    Sep 1, 2023 at 13:58

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