there’s nothing like starting a new year off with a bang.
i’ve started 2009 with a new lawyer, thanks to our last one completely fumbling the lawsuit from start to…well, we still aren’t much past the start. nice work, lloyd. i have a dead bird i’d like to sell you.
here’s a little background for you:
i hired a web company to build durtbagz.com, in april of 2007. by november, they were 3 months late, and launched the site incomplete. by december, with the site still unfinished, they were demanding i pay the balance or they would shut the site down. so, i paid. by march, the site was still in the same situation and i’d had enough.
i got a lawyer, and went after them to get my money back. they were slapped with a lawsuit in july and 60 days later, i won by default because they never responded. i thought i was on the way to easily getting my money back. i was so wrong.
at this point, things get bad. my attorney filed the paperwork wrong and the judgment was thrown out due to one word in it: approximately. as in, we wish to collect approximately $xxxxx. judges don’t like approximately.
that happened in late september and this attorney basically did nothing to follow up on his mistake. but said that he did.
in the mean time, i found another web company, who built me the site i have now. which definitely rocks. they then tried to extort more than $4000 from me, after it was said and done. no, i haven’t sued them. they stopped trying to collect when i told them i was excited about telling others about their business ways. i guess they thought i would keep my mouth shut if they stopped trying to get more money. i guess they were wrong.
anyway, i fired my old attorney, who i’m guessing went back to his day job with ringling bros. and got a new one. but i’m getting really nervous that it is too little too late. i actually did get my money back from that guy.
the company i sued has gone downhill since then. they are trying to sell it, and their finances have to be in the pooper. the odds of getting my money back have dropped significantly.
i’m meeting with my new attorney again, early next week and hopefully we’ll be in arbitration in february. so here’s my question: WTF?
how did this happen? i’m a smart girl. in a past life, my job consisted of working with and hiring vendors to do much bigger jobs for other people. how did i get scammed not once, BUT TWICE?
looking back, i see the red flags from the first company. they were jerks to begin with and were not interested in my business succeeding at all.
the second guys were my friends. then, those two left the company, and left me with two others i barely knew. they sent me an invoice for more than $4200 over budget, after the site was done, with an email that said, “it took a little longer than we thought and we ran a little over.” i guess they forgot about the contract we signed, their contract, for the set amount up front. lucky for them, i did not forget about it.
anybody else been in a similar situation that’s willing to share their story? i can’t be the only one.