Alright I have been in busy "professionally" for 1 year doing this on the side and working my way through school for 4yrs. Anyway I do this job for this guy who happens to be a city cop in Pittsburgh. He lives in a small city house and has a small front yard approximately 1800ft2. He calls me at the end of May this year and asks me if I can give him an estimate on various landscape tasks. I saw ok no problem. I go over his house he wants me to remove/tear out 50 privet hedges that go around the perimeter of his front yard, tear out 2 flowerbeds that are outlined with railroad ties, and till his front yard over bring in new topsoild and reseed it. I tell him its getting kinda of late to be doing reseeding, especially for a entire yard. You are going to have to keep this wet constantly. He says he agrees. 5 days later I send him an estimate for 650 dollars. He gets the estimate 2 days later and calls me while I am working and says, I got your estimate today and didnt think you were still interested in the job I already did everything myself except for getting new topsoil and reseeding are you still interested in that and if so what will the price be. My first mistake, I just throw out a number and not think it through, but what is done is done and I say $275. He agrees. I do this on June 5th. I go there with one of my workers and have 3 yards of topsoil on my dump. Dump it in his front yard, grade it, overseed it, apply a layer of mushromm manure and apply a starter fertilizer. Leave about 3hrs later and tell him he must keep this wet at least twice a day if not more. He pays me and I leave. About 2 weeks go by he calls me on my phone tells me he is not happy with how some of the grass is growing in. I say ok, I go over to his house that evening and bring bushels of mushroom and more seed. Patch the areas that he didnt think were doing well. (Even though there was germination) I leave. He calls me again about 3 days later. Telling me I dont know what I am doing, tells me one of his buddy's is manager of a public park here in pgh, and he came over and told him that the topsoil I used is contamenated. Its full of sticks and rocks, and he should demend his money back. I explain to him its really hot by this point. The topsoil I used was fine, I bought it from a nursery and have bought several hundred yards of it all year never had a problem with it. Asked him if his friend took a soil test and if so could I see the results. Got no Answer. Like a fool I went back to his house reseeded his entire lawn again of course at my expense. Dont hear anything from him again until the end of August. Calls me out of th blue one day and just goes completely off. Calls me everyname in the book, tells me I am a horrible business man, I should come over and sod his whole front yard, it looks terrible etc etc etc. I get my dad to come over to this mans house to look at his yard. There are maybe at most 3 spots that were slightly bare and there were some weeds. I will admit. Mostly broadleafed. Anyway I go home type him a letter stating numerous things, I cant give him a refund because the material is on your front lawn that I can not take back. I tell him that its not my responsibility to water the lawn or pull the weeds. I did tell him not to put any weed and feed fert down on it because of the new germination. So after I state everything to him in the letter at the bottom I say, I am sorry you are unhappy, I will be happy to patch the lawn up again in the fall and even apply a application of Fall fert(weed/feed) for you. Because after the past few phone calls he keeps telling me he is taking me to court. So he gets the letter 2 days later and sure enough calls me up and explodes on me and tells me he is going to destroy my business name. By this point I am extremely mad and tell him that I have been very reasonable with him. So the convo ends. I hear nothing from again for the rest of the year until today. I get a summons in the mail. He is sueing me now stating I never brought any topsoil to his house, never seeded the lawn and left it a total diaster. He is also sueing me for 780 dollars. This is unbelievable, this guy is a total A$$hole. I just feel like I am going to be screwed because he is a city cop and the local magistrate I have to go to is where he is a cop at. So as soon as I walk into the courtroom I am going to be at a severe disadvantage. My question to you guys is? If this guy wins do I have to pay him? Obviously I would appeal this to a higher court but this is just insane. I dont own any property he couldnt put a lien on anything what could he do? Has a similiar situation ever happened to you guys? Please let me know if you have any advice. Thanks and sorry this is so long!