My question involves business law in the state of: New York
Getting My Money Back
I run an Internet marketing company out of Colorado. I was outsourcing some development an Indian company that has a base in Rochester New York. I had ben working with them for several years prepaying blocks of time. I prepaid $30,000 at the beginning of 2008 for 3000 hours of work. Less than 2000 hours were used up in 2008. I requested the balance be sent back, but they claim that I paid for a flat fee for 2008 and that there is no balance.
I have documents from employees within the company and email that show the balance left on the account. There was no contract for the $30,000 specifically, but I can show that in previous years the balance always carried over to the next year.
I do not want to use the balance up in legal fees. I have spoke to attorneys that say it could be expensive to fight. I have thought about trying to find a law student to help me represent myself in court. I feel like it is a pretty straight forward case. I have also thought about small claims, but the maximum is $5000 in NY.
These people owe me $11,000 and I can't let them get away with this. Like I said, I don't want to use all the money up on legal fees. Please help!