In August 2008 we signed a work agreement between us, with one witness co-signing it. The agreement was for me to build a program in this doctor's veterinary hospital. In the agreement, the owner committed to paying me $10,000 a month for 12 months. I, in return, committed to spend all the necessary time to produce new program and to then train the staff on it. I also committed that if the practice
did not make more money than the previous year, to return the owner of the practice the difference in his payment. The issue is that he only paid me the full fee once. The rest of the time he either paid me little money or skipped entire months. I spent many hundreds of hours at his practice and at home, building this program for him. In February 2009 he embarked on a campaign to sell some new equipment to other veterinarians. He asked me to help him. I said I would, for no charge, if he paid me what he owed me. He agreed, and paid me some more. Then, however, in May 2009, he told me he was not going to pay me anymore and that I can do whatever I wanted to do; stay or leave. I was shocked hearing this and told him I cannot continue investing countless hours building this program for him if he doesn't pay me. To this he said, "then leave". The program was supposed to last 1 year. He basically refused to pay me 3+ months before it ended. I left a lot of useful and proprietary material in his practice which he can use to increase his revenue.
I recently got a letter from him demanding that I return him all the money he had paid me. I dispute this for a number of reasons:
1. He did not fulfill his part of the agreement.
2. He sent me away before the program ended, thus depriving me from being able to complete it.
3. I created and gave him a huge amount of material that he has been using to his advantage.
4. Withholding payments throughout the time I spent in his practice severely affected my ability to perform my knowledge to the maximum, thus depriving me from achieving my (our) goals.
5. He intends to sell his practice soon. His practice is not profitable. The program I left him can and will make his practice profitable so he can make more money when he sells it.
6. The program I created for him will continue improving results in his practice for years to come.
7. Terminating our relationship before the completion of the program was not stipulated in the agreement and prevented me from completing it.
He threatens to sue me and I need your help.