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Posts tagged Debt Disputes.

Think twice before you accept a check tendering only partial payment!  In a recent case, Helton v. Phillip A. Glick Plumbing, Inc., [pdf], the Virginia Supreme Court ruled for a homeowner who had repeatedly disputed his plumbing company’s charges and argued that his bill was excessive. The homeowner wrote his last check for  $1300 -- $1686.51 less than the final invoice -- and included the words “paid in full” in the memo line of the check.  He sent the check with a letter raising yet again the issue of overbilling and wasted time and materials, and said that he would make no more payments.  The plumbing company cashed the check, crossing out “paid in full” and writing “No” and “balance due $1686.51.”