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Client wants refund after I won the dispute on Upwork and threatens me with lawyers outside of it.

mr-26
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Mariona P Member Since: Feb 14, 2017
1 of 13

Hello Everyone!

I've had a very bad experience with a client on Upwork and I need your help in order to know what to do next. So if someone experienced this type of issues please comment.

To explain it briefly:

Client needed someone to write articles (needed lots of research - over 1 week of work).

Client hired me, I delivered the job.

Client said I have not followed their guidelines (not true), no proof from them.

Client wants the money back without requesting changes or providing feedback other than: you have not followed our guidelines.

I asked the client what was wrong so I can improve the articles if they are really so bad.

Clients mentions that saying what I have done wrong is not their job, they said that I should know it by myself.

Client asks for refund, I decline the refund. The dispute starts. I end up winning the dispute, client unresponsive.

Take into consideration that out of good faith I even re wrote one of the articles, once again they rejected it.

Client was not answering Upwork apparently in the last week or two, so they awarded it to me.

After Upwork awarded me the money and after I won the dispute, the client starts threatening me outside of Upwork (yes they searched me and they sent me messages) that they will talk to lawyers because they were fooled and robbed so they want a full refund (fixed price contract-full amount funded).

I feel 100% threatened but at the same time I do not tolerate this type of behaviour so I want to know what is the best way to end this: offering refund so they can stop harrassing me or keep it and face whatever they throw at me?

I am very concerned as I am 100% honest and I work hard for the work I deliver. I am sick of scammers like this and I genuinely do not want to encounter myself facing court or whatever because of dishonest people who threaten you outside of Upwork.

I worked over 1 week for the articles and they have not provided feedback other than saying that my work is not what they asked for and that they need the money back because I have not followed their guidelines.

Feedback would be much appreciated, Thank you.

Bilingual Spanish/German Translator with fluent French knowledge
petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
2 of 13

Do NOT refund. Block the client and report him or her to Upwork with screenshots of the threads. ONLY communicate with the client through Upwork if need be.

mr-26
Active Member
Mariona P Member Since: Feb 14, 2017
3 of 13

Thank you for the answer, I've literally done that and the answer I got from Upwork is they will need clear evidence presented to support a violation of their policies and that if the client decides to go outside making claims they do not have control over it. I already sent them the messages.

Bilingual Spanish/German Translator with fluent French knowledge
dataextract
Community Guru
Ramesh K Member Since: Oct 25, 2015
4 of 13

Take a screenshot and complaint about the client to Upwork.

No need to return the amount.

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
5 of 13

Ignore them.

 

I don't know what they paid you, but it probably wasn't the $250+ a single hour of an attorney's time will cost them. If they consult a reputable attorney, he or she will tell them it's not worth legal action. And, if you don't live in the same state as the client, that's a whole different level of expense and complication. 

mr-26
Active Member
Mariona P Member Since: Feb 14, 2017
6 of 13

They paid just under $1,000 and I live in a different country.

Bilingual Spanish/German Translator with fluent French knowledge
tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
7 of 13

If I were in your shoes, I'd ignore them and let them go to court if they wanted to.

 

They didn't pursue the contractual remedies available to them by responding in the dispute process, didn't provide you with any opportunity to mitigate their alleged damages...and, the expense issue remains. 

 

Pursuing litigation internationallly is extremely complicated and expensive, and chances are good that they wouldn't have any idea how to do it without an attorney and would have to pay an attorney more than they've paid you to even commence an action on that basis.

jmeyn
Community Guru
Joachim M Member Since: Mar 23, 2015
8 of 13

@Mariona P wrote:

They paid just under $1,000 and I live in a different country.


 Ignore them. You are top rated and can therefore afford a bad feedback as you can have it removed.

silw
Community Guru
Aron H Member Since: Mar 29, 2017
9 of 13

From any legal standpoint there is nothing to fear. It simply is their problem if they are unhappy with the result. You can't sue a restaurant if you didn't like their meal either. Your problem if you didn't put more effort into picking the right one beforehand.

 

Regarding the refund: Keep in mind that if a client will be able to give you feedback as soon as he paid for a job. Meaning if he is an idiot anyways, he most likely will give you a horrible feedback.

Taking this into account you have to consider it's worth keeping the money and get a bad impact on your JSS, or if it might be worth more to give them a refund and have a clean sheet on your profile.

Again, thats up to you.

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
10 of 13

Aron, you should probably avoid giving out legal advice. From a legal standpoint, contract work and a meal in a restaurant don't have much in common at all. And, of course, there are circumstances under which one would not be legally obligated to pay for a meal in a restaurant that didn't meet threshold requirements.

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