My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: arizona. I was coerced into signing a settlement agreement against a plumber who abandoned a huge the job after being paid. Before he abandoned the job and was on good working terms, I inquired with him about some custom bathtubs and light fixtures, which he could get for a good price, but he said I would need to pay up front, which I did.
Question...the settlement agreement I signed, which my attorney said I had to sign due to her negotiations with contractors lawyer, has a "release and discharge" releasing and discharging from past, present or future claims, demands, causes of actions, rights, damages...
Does that mean I cannot file against him for the fraud he committed?
If the settlement was misrepresented to me, (the agreement I signed was not the settlement which my attorney presented to me the day before,) and I signed only because my attorney said that I could be sued by the other party if I did not...where do I go for justice?
does the act of committing fraud allow me consumer protection in anyway or did my signing take away my rights? If my attorney pressured me into signing and it was not a meeting of the minds, and the settlement doesn't come close to completing my bathroom...is there any recourse?