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a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:37 pm

I got a freelance job offer a while ago and went in for two-day training. The company head said in writing that we would be paid $200 just for the training. He also said, well before the training, that they had already received a lot of projects and so there would be plenty of work for us once the training is over.

After the training, for creepy reasons, I was asked not to go to the training anymore. I got another freelance job and decided not to go anyway. My friend refused to go to further training.

All these happened a month ago. A few days ago I sent a rather polite email asking for the check which the company owner said he would send to me/us. This morning, I got a "cease and desist" email letter from the company requesting that I do not contact them anymore.

It is true that I sent an email, after being told that there would be no job for me, expressing my dissatisfaction with their lack of professionalism. nonetheless I never harass them or anything.

what should i do? I've never dealt with such creeps before. apparently they want to silence me.

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby Bildungsroman » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:40 pm

TLS is not the place to try and get free legal advice.

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby Guchster » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:40 pm

wtf this isn't top-laywers.com

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby gaud » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:42 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:TLS is not the place to try and get free legal advice.



+1

especially considering many posters 'cannot' even give legal advice

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:44 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I got a freelance job offer a while ago and went in for two-day training. The company head said in writing that we would be paid $200 just for the training. He also said, well before the training, that they had already received a lot of projects and so there would be plenty of work for us once the training is over.

After the training, for creepy reasons, I was asked not to go to the training anymore. I got another freelance job and decided not to go anyway. My friend refused to go to further training.

All these happened a month ago. A few days ago I sent a rather polite email asking for the check which the company owner said he would send to me/us. This morning, I got a "cease and desist" email letter from the company requesting that I do not contact them anymore.

It is true that I sent an email, after being told that there would be no job for me, expressing my dissatisfaction with their lack of professionalism. nonetheless I never harass them or anything.

what should i do? I've never dealt with such creeps before. apparently they want to silence me.



THIS IS A HYPO, MORONS!

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:45 pm

op here

thanks - I understand that.

If I go to the small claims court, I will probably get my money back. I have all the documentations (emails - individual and group)

I will be taking the bar in a few months though - I just wonder if the bar will draw a negative inference about my personality based on this incident.

the company head was a lawyer - he spent several years in law but for some reason (could not make it, maybe) shifted to business.
He's the one who sent the letter. Another company head is not a lawyer.

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby thesealocust » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:48 pm

C&Ds are free and scare people off. It is also not "threatening to sue you."

For $200 in dispute the only winning move is not to play. Move on.

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby cantabaout » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:49 pm

thesealocust wrote:C&Ds are free and scare people off. It is also not "threatening to sue you."

For $200 in dispute the only winning move is not to play. Move on.


C & D - are they commonly used to scare people off?

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby shoeshine » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:for creepy reasons


What does this mean?

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby c3pO4 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:25 pm

ibtl

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby Bildungsroman » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:op here

thanks - I understand that.

Obviously you don't.

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Re: a company owes me money but threatens to sue me ...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:34 pm

It's not worth your time to pursue a claim for $200, even in small claims court.

A C&D isn't a real threat of litigation, it's more like they're hoping that you see a law firm's name on the letterhead and shit your pants and leave them alone.


Nonetheless, as I said earlier, even if you have the best claim in the world for that $200, it's just not worth it. You're going to lose almost 1/2 of that just paying court fees and to serve the company...




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