MARCH 14, 2008 – COURT DATE!
It was a long time coming. This started on January 14, 2007. This morning, 14 months later, I had the much anticipated court date. I got there at 9:30, waited until things began at 10. I was the last case to be called (roll call)...I said "plaintiff ready" and not to my surprise the defendant wasn't there.
I went into another courtroom and waited another 45 minutes or so. I was the last one to go up, the only one in the courtroom besides the judge and the "woman that sits at the desk." I was sworn in, expecting to tell my side of the story. I had LOADS of evidence, from the contract, receipts, numerous emails, the NBC news story on DVD, the personal items that were in the trunk of my car over a year ago.....etc.
The judge asked how I came to a total of $1299.32. I explained to him how, breaking it down, and then he asked if I had it written down. I said yes and handed him the sheet of paper. Moments later he granted me a judgement for $1299.32. I said thank you, and stuffing the paperwork back in my bag, I had a hard time trying to keep the big stupid grin on my face from becoming too obnoxious.
Now I have to collect
it, but regardless, I got what I wanted, which was the satisfaction knowing this no-good "businessman" was not going to get away with it. I originally was going to sue for less than $400, but am glad I went after more. But even if I was going after $200, I would have stuck it out just the same based on principle. He now owes a total of about $10,000 from numerous small claims cases he has lost by ignoring the people he has screwed over. He has 3 PENDING court cases also coming up this year, totalling more than $6000 in damages.
This guy will go down one day...for good.