Can someone sue me for wasting their time?

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Can someone sue me for wasting their time?

I am an independent worker and I was contacted by this client to take some photographs of his products. I helped him for 4 days -working in my house- but he was very hard to work with, he wanted to many revisions and for the money he was going to pay me, (he never paid me anything) I was going to lose a lot of my time and money since I had other clients.I made up an excuse and told him that I could no longer work for him, he wants to sue me so I can reimburse him for this time lost. There was never a contract and I even told him he didn’t need to reimburse me for the 4 days I worked.

Asked on July 29, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, New York

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It is entirely possible that the client that you thought you were going to receive could sue you for "wasting" his time where you decided it was in everyone's interests for you to not go through with the project. However, since you had no contract with this person, he would have no damages.

Most importantly, you could claim that this person wasted your time with his demands where you essentially lost four (4) days of work without pay.


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