If I performed a service for a Network at a set price but they backed out half way, what are my rights?

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If I performed a service for a Network at a set price but they backed out half way, what are my rights?

I am a content creator on YouTube. I struck an advertisement deal with a network and there was an agreed price of $500 for my services. I created the content promised in our verbal agreement and was paid $200, so they shorted me $300. The owner of the network that I created this deal with has since backed down as network owner and the remaining owners refuse to finish the business deal. I have no idea how to continue and be paid for my services and they are now threatening me with lawyers.

Asked on February 16, 2017 under Business Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If there was an agreement as to services and price/compensation, that agreement was a contract. Contracts, even if they were oral (that is, unwritten; "oral" is the correct term, not "verbal") are enforceable in court: you could sue, such as in small claims court as your own attorney, for "breach of contract"--if you did your part (created the content requested), they are contractually obligated to pay you the full, agreed-upon amount. If they did not, you could sue for the difference.

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