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Old 12-08-2008, 09:00 AM   #16
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The "discussion" took place in the front yard. I didn't let him in the house. He asked what I wanted him to do, and I told him that I would have to talk with my lawyer about my options. Reply: "So are you going to sue me. Let me tell you what your options are. I'm willing to make things right, so you have nothing to sue me for. Also, if you happen to win, I'll just file bankruptcy!. You used to be such a caring person. What happened to you? That is when I walked into the house and closed the door. What a way to start the week.

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Old 12-08-2008, 09:15 AM   #17
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This just keep getting better and better. The great state of Illinois and the city in which I live do not issue licenses for general contractors. Anyone who can hold a hammer can put themselves forward as a contractor. No wonder "Bob the Builder" is so smug. He knows I can't touch him--really.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:35 AM   #18
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Man..... I am so pissed right now(probably not as much as you). I have nothing........ Maybe google some court cases in your area. I don't know. Hopfully some other guys will chime in. I am sssooo sorry. If I was in your area I would be glad to give you a hand but I am thousands of miles away. Keep truckn and maybe you can get something out of him.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:04 AM   #19
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The "discussion" took place in the front yard. I didn't let him in the house. He asked what I wanted him to do, and I told him that I would have to talk with my lawyer about my options. Reply: "So are you going to sue me. Let me tell you what your options are. I'm willing to make things right, so you have nothing to sue me for. Also, if you happen to win, I'll just file bankruptcy!. You used to be such a caring person. What happened to you? That is when I walked into the house and closed the door. What a way to start the week.
I am with CrpntrFrk on this. If I was any closer I would come over and help out.

Give him a do or die date and stick to it. Get the information I mentioned earlier so that if you do sue you can attach his home and vehicles.

If he complies and gets it done then be happy and walk away. Even if the work is not perfect. At his point it would be cheaper to get most of the work completed and hire someone qualified to clean it up than to go to court. Court is expensive.

One time I was being sued by one of my employees we fired for stealing. We had her on video and it was a slam dunk for us. The day before court my lawyer said she would settle for X amount of money. I told my lawyer that it was not about the money but about the principle. She looked at me and said "How much principle can you afford". I settled that day as it was going to cost me a lot of money for the sake of "principle".

One option is small claims court. It is cheap to file and more than likely you would win. In most states the most you can sue for is $10,000 but that is an easy slam dunk for the filing fee.

The judge will look at this sweet caring pedie RN (I am a PALS and ACLS instructor who just did a class for the local pedie RN's) and this scum bag contractor and make a decision for the plaintiff.

Once you get the judgment you can attach his vehicles and house. After that is done you can force a sale even if he files for bankruptcy.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:31 AM   #20
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You all have been very supportive and have given me a number of good ideas. I doubt I will ever see a penny of my money back, but I don't want him to screw anyone else. I am actually considering an add in the local paper "Before engaging Bob ______ for any construction work, call this number." Then leaving things just as he left them and inviting prospective clients to come and judge the quality for themselves. Copies of your posts will be available for anyone who wants them. I figure he can't sue me for defamation of character because his own work is speaking for itself. What do you all think?
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You all have been very supportive and have given me a number of good ideas. I doubt I will ever see a penny of my money back, but I don't want him to screw anyone else. I am actually considering an add in the local paper "Before engaging Bob ______ for any construction work, call this number." Then leaving things just as he left them and inviting prospective clients to come and judge the quality for themselves. Copies of your posts will be available for anyone who wants them. I figure he can't sue me for defamation of character because his own work is speaking for itself. What do you all think?
Be very careful doing this. If you do go ahead then make sure all your conversation is based on your opinion. Making statements as fact is what can get you in trouble unless you have iron clad documentation.

If you really want to prevent him from doing this to anyone else then file a complaint with the BBB and sue him in court. If he files bankruptcy then he will have a hard go of it for a while at least.

Just don't put yourself in jeopardy legally. So far you have the legal advantage so play it cool.
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I see your point. Oh darn!
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:58 AM   #23
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You all have been very supportive and have given me a number of good ideas. I doubt I will ever see a penny of my money back, but I don't want him to screw anyone else. I am actually considering an add in the local paper "Before engaging Bob ______ for any construction work, call this number." Then leaving things just as he left them and inviting prospective clients to come and judge the quality for themselves. Copies of your posts will be available for anyone who wants them. I figure he can't sue me for defamation of character because his own work is speaking for itself. What do you all think?
I would suggest against this. What do you hope to accomplish? It is not your duty, nor your responibility to "warn your local society", about some of the work, that you feel is below standard.

Example: He may be a good painter or roofer. He may have some people, that he has done work for, who are actually happy with his work = For you to say all his work is crap, will leave you open for defamation.

If you can let it go, just do so. Lesson learned.

For his part: What comes around, goes around.....
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I bow to your wisdom. You are right of course.
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There is a website called angieslist i believe which you can rate contractors.

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