We hired an LA-based PR agency to do promotion and other related activities for our incoming crowdfunding project. We have been lied to for more than a 1.5 month, constantly told that PR is ongoing while no proof was provided at all and requests for it constantly evaded. In result our campaign had to be cancelled shortly after its launch and all money and effort invested went down the drain. After sending ultimatum for either proof to be given or our fee returned ( $1500.00) we have received numerous emails from the CEO how his life was in ruins, he got separated from his wife and so on.
So, I'd like to ask for an advice on how to go best about getting our money back.
Small claims is an option, however I am left with the impression that I cannot do that from overseas. We are based in Bulgaria, EU. Another thing is that I found other people burned by those scammers and in regards to that is class action lawsuit viable option?
Will appreciate any advice. Thinking of it money is important but more important is the fact that those people arrogance continues to grow and apparently we are just the next victim in line and I do not want to leave it like that!