Thanks for reading. I'm in Oregon, about to pursue a small claim. The person in question is a contractor. I gave him $6K to begin work, however it didn't work out, he walked off-site. He did however, buy material for the job, which we kept and also rented a dumpster in his name and account, which we used and gave back to waste management for him to pay.

My question is, what figure do I sue for? I don't know the exact value of the rental or material to correctly discount the $6K figure. Only the contractor knows they values and he is not going to help me sue him.

Do I claim for the $6K and mention in the claim that funds are still at large? Do I claim for the full $6K and say nothing in the complaint and let him bring it to the table? Help :)