Of course he can, and if he wins, the court will likely also award him attorneys fees and legal (filing) fees and other reasonable expenses.
His options are to get an attorney to write a threatening letter to them, accusing them of breach of contract, quantum meruit, and conversion (civil theft
). Also have the attorney include a draft version of the petition he would file if they don't pay up in 20 days or so. That should get their attention.
If they don't respond, SUE.
The attorney shouldn't charge more than $100 for the letter and no more than 33 or 40 for anything received in court.
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