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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. For him to sue, he would need to show that as a result of relying on them accepting the proposal, that he turned down other jobs and as a result, lost profit. If he could show that someone else wanted to hire him and he declined, since he was planning to start doing the work, it may allow him to sue for damages, which could be the lost profits, in this case. Since they said they would pay for the materials already ordered, he would not be out of pocket any of those costs. However, if he can not do this, then it would be hard to prevail, since he never started the work and did anything, for which they owe him. He can certainly demand X amount and see if they will pay but if he does not, he would need to retain counsel and try and sue them for breach of contract and have to rely on what was in the emails, to show and prove the terms and conditions and that they were in breach.
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