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Good evening. You are not the one that needs to worry about legal repercussions, the painter is the vulnerable party here. Your painter is default....one because he has not diligently pursued the completion of the project and two because he has been negligent and caused damage to your personal property. You should find another painter to give you an estimate as to the cost to finish the project. Then, terminate your painter and if the cost of completing the project plus the damage caused is in excess of $5,950 (which is the difference between what you agreed to pay and what you have paid to date), you can sue the painter for the excess because those are your damages due to the painter's default. You should pay him nothing more!
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