I hired a marine contractor in Rhode Island to build a pair of centerboards for my boat ($12k). They were delivered 3 months late and didn't fit. I was very clear about the dimensions, yet the builder's designer altered the shape without consulting me. They've admitted fault in emails and in person, apologized, yet won't make the situation better. They offered a refund if I pay shipping charges to/from, customs and excise, and any damages. I don't feel I should pay $2k out of pocket and end up with nothing.
What do I do to get justice? Report them to the Better Business Bureau? Hire a lawyer? Go to court or arbitration? Say mean things about them and buy a voodoo doll? Am I entitled to damages beyond the $12k? Any advice welcome.
posted by karst
on Apr 13, 2014 -
In November I purchased a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon. Two days ago it was hit in the middle of the night. They drove off at the time, but came back the next morning and gave their insurance information. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 12, 2013 -
This is a follow up to this question
. I sued my landlord in small claims court (NJ) because I never received my security deposit (after breaking the lease 1.25 months early, but someone else moved in 1 week after I moved out). He did not show up to court on the court date, so I won by default. I now have to contact him within 7 days to ask for the money. What should that letter look like? How do I actually get money from him? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be.
on Sep 11, 2013 -
My friend Stan (very) recently moved to the USA, and has already had a run-in with his health insurance that we are not sure how to deal with. Stan's new boss Joe invited Stan's family over for an afternoon, and at some point Stan's five year old fell and cut his arm on a rock in the garden. [more inside]
posted by jacalata
on Aug 13, 2013 -
Building off of the landlord theme from today...I posted
about this 5 0r so months ago. We assembled our paperwork, took advantage of some pro bono consultations, and then filed in small claims. But they were unable to serve her and last week I discovered that she's libeled us on the website www.terriblerenters.com. We're seeking an experienced counsel, but in the meantime need help thinking this through. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard
on Mar 19, 2013 -
During a windstorm, a tree fell on our detached garage last night and destroyed it (no cars were in it, but the roof is completely caved in and the walls are buckling). We live adjacent to a public high school, and the tree was/is on the school's property, not ours. I filed a claim with our homeowners insurance already and asked if I should call the town directly or if the insurance folks should do it. The call center person I spoke to recommended that I wait. The claims adjuster is supposed to call "before tomorrow evening." I'm feeling antsy. Should I just go ahead and call the town? Would I be letting myself in for any potential foul-ups in reimbursement (either from insurance or from the town)?
posted by dlugoczaj
on Jan 31, 2013 -
I've been asked to testify at small claims court for a car accident I was in 3 years ago in which another person was at fault. Is this normal? More inside. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous
on May 16, 2012 -
Got in a car accident two years; car rental, uninsured. Complicated situation, car rental company wants $35K from me. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 14, 2012 -
We live in California. My wife had to go to the ER in my Virginia hometown last year. She gave them her insurance info. Four months later, they sent an enormous bill for a small amount of care. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow
on Jan 9, 2012 -
Filing a case in California Small Claims court versus large corporation on East Coast. How do I find a local representative to whom I can serve the papers. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah
on Nov 12, 2011 -
My car is less than two years old, but has had a string of very bad luck. Help me figure out how to best handle my problems through my insurance company. [more inside]
posted by mockjovial
on Jun 8, 2011 -
In mid-sept I will go to court in San Francisco as a plaintiff in a small claims case that I filed. [more inside]
posted by uhom
on Aug 31, 2010 -
Someone hit my car and left a note, I have their insurance info and have started a claim with their insurance company. What can I expect? (Michigan, USA) [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Jul 14, 2010 -
Auto insurance company is unfairly trying to charge multiple deductibles. What is the best approach for solving this problem? [more inside]
posted by rjacobs
on May 3, 2010 -
Lugnuts-filter? Tire changer place torqued my nuts well past 200ft-pounds (spec is 73ft-pounds). 3 lugs are stripped, 4 nuts are cross-threaded beyond use, one lug nut is missing, and one lug sheared off entirely. What will I need to win in small claims court? (photo link within) [more inside]
posted by lothar
on Feb 13, 2010 -
My previous landlord never returned my security deposit ($1,650) last autumn. I live in Chicago. Do I get an attorney (and if so how do I choose one) or do I take it to small claims court myself? What are the pros/cons of either approach? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae
on Feb 23, 2009 -
A small construction company did work for a customer. Customer refuses to pay citing not 100% happy. Company disagrees greatly and believes job was well done and customer is being very unreasonable.
Company has detailed photographs, a signed contract and wants to go to small claims court to resolve matter.
How do we word the answer to the following question?
The plaintiff claims you owe $XXXX
For the following reasons:
How would the hive mind word this?
posted by CFMartin
on Mar 24, 2008 -
Should I file an auto insurance claim on what appeared to be a fender bender but now involves engine overheating? The person I rear ended didn't see a need to claim since his car was fine so I don't have any info on him. [more inside]
posted by spacesbetween
on Feb 9, 2008 -
I have a friend that's a handyman (paints, small repairs, lawn care, etc) and is having trouble getting paid for some of the work that he's already done. Some of his customers owe upwards of $1000, but others owe smaller amounts.
He has taken some of them to small claims court and won, but the court told him that they do not enforce the decision.
What is the cheapest, easiest way for him to collect the money he is owed?
posted by GernBlandston
on Dec 8, 2007 -
A shady business, a surprise firing, thousands of dollars up in the air. What have I gotten myself into? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 25, 2007 -
Lawsuitfilter: I've won a small claims lawsuit. They've failed to pay up. How do I find their telephone provider (and other details) so I can get at their assets? [MI] [more inside]
posted by cgs06
on Apr 8, 2007 -
Mass. SecurityDepositSmallClaimsFilter: Buddy's ex-roommate withholding security deposit for no good reason, what should he do? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto
on Feb 1, 2007 -
I was hit by a bus while my car was not moving. Who do I sue in small claims court, the driver of the bus, or the private company that owns the bus? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker
on Dec 27, 2006 -
I had an insurance adjuster come by my house to look at damage caused by a recent hail storm. During a follow-up phone conversation, she mentioned that the checks would be made out jointly to me and my mortgage company. Why do they do this? [more inside]
posted by pjern
on Jun 16, 2006 -
My understanding is that to sue in NYC Small Claims Court, the defendant must live, work, or conduct business within NYC.
If the defendant does not live, work, or conduct business within NYC--though the claimant does--what's the proper court for a Small Claims Court type of lawsuit?
And this might solve it, too: If the defendant bought something from a store in NYC, is that conducting business?
posted by whitebird
on Jun 15, 2006 -
Can anyone give me some advice before I file a small claims court lawsuit against an Auto Service Center. [more inside]
posted by gummo
on May 2, 2005 -
I recently flew domestically in the US and had luggage damaged by a TSA inspection, anybody have a similar experience? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger
on Apr 14, 2005 -
Following up on yesterday's "I was robbed" question, I now ask a question about homeowner's insurance, claims, etc - please come inside. [more inside]
posted by luriete
on Sep 10, 2004 -