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Pro Bono Attorney Helped Get Suit Dismissed Against Sailor Who Refused to Pay Contractor for Faulty Work Performed

July 6, 2021

A Navy servicemember hired a construction company to remodel the bathrooms in his home so that he could rent it out before he was scheduled to move to his next duty station. The sailor paid a 20% down payment for the work, as well as an additional lump sum for plumbing, before the contractor began the work. Upon inspection, the sailor found that the work was not done properly, and he would need to spend much more money to get it fixed. He informed the contractor and canceled the check. Initially, the contractor agreed to accept a lower amount than was paid by the sailor upfront for the work performed, but then rescinded his offer and filed a warrant in debt for $4,000. The sailor visited his local legal assistance office for assistance in this dispute.

The sailor’s military attorney referred his case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which placed his case with a pro bono attorney. The sailor’s attorneys represented the sailor in court and eventually had the suit against the sailor dismissed.

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