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need reimburs frm botched (by Laker Lori [CA]) Mar 25, 2019 11:41 AM
       need reimburs frm botched (by Moshe [CA]) Mar 25, 2019 11:57 AM
       need reimburs frm botched (by Frank [NJ]) Mar 25, 2019 12:20 PM
       need reimburs frm botched (by Jim in O C [CA]) Mar 25, 2019 12:48 PM
       need reimburs frm botched (by RB [MI]) Mar 25, 2019 2:12 PM
       need reimburs frm botched (by Moshe [CA]) Mar 25, 2019 2:24 PM

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need reimburs frm botched (by Laker Lori [CA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 11:41 AM
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During small Yucca tree removal this co broke a hole in galvanized T-pipe flush at the cement footing of the bldg. There was no access to put a cap. The best & only real plumbing option was making holes in in the building & having the pipe go vertically along the outside= $3k. The tree co is of course ignoring my texts about the bill & wanting to resolve this amicably. I even said that if it was handled maturely I wouldn't write any bad online reviews (the guy has great Yelp reviews). I'm ready to write the check to the plumbing co. Any ideas for securing some reimbursement w/out doing Small Claims?

--68.109.xx.xxx




need reimburs frm botched (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 11:57 AM
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I myself never found Small Claims Court to be an undesirable approach. In CA, its really quite easy, cheap and straightforward.

I don't know where you are in CA, but in Los Angeles County, the courts operate very reasonably, Robert J's experience notwithstanding.

My advice would be to demand a Judge, not to settle for some kind of temporary judge like a Judge Pro Tem or even a Commissioner. In some Courthouses, Small Claims cases are generally handled by Commissioners who have held the job for a very long time (years & years & years) and are very experienced, but not all Courthouses have that attribute.

I would also advise that what you need to concentrate on is whether the law REALLY entitles you to reimbursement from the tree co, as well as proof of what happened.

--47.139.xx.xxx




need reimburs frm botched (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 12:20 PM
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From past SC Court experience[s] I would get [at the very least] a written report from a licensed professional plumber or estimator as to the cause & costs to fix the issue.

do your best to get this pro to be able to represent you in Court as a witness.

all these costs [at least here in NJ] were recoverable as costs of the suit.

Start with a demand letter to the Contractor sent via Certified Mail with a Return Receipt. Stop phone calls. Put all from now on in writing.

Good luck --74.105.xxx.xxx




need reimburs frm botched (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 12:48 PM
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Contact the contractors licensing board in Sacramento. This wakes up a contractor who chooses to ignore a problem. A friend just did that and the contractor settled the claim once his license was in jeopardy. --99.23.xxx.x




need reimburs frm botched (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 2:12 PM
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Right on, Jim in O C.

--184.53.x.xx




need reimburs frm botched (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2019 2:24 PM
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Jim(OC)'s advice is good, in principle.

Do you have a contract with the tree co?

--47.139.xx.xxx



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