a legal form of action ordinarily employed only to recover possession of specific personal property unlawfully withheld from the plaintiff, plus damages for its detention. In this primarily possessory action, the issues ordinarily are limited to the plaintiff’s title to the goods.
Arthi leaves a shipment of goods in a warehouse and prepays storage costs for three months. At the end of that time, she goes to pick up the goods, but the warehouse refuses to release them until she pays for the storage. Arthi sues for replevin to obtain the goods.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016