I am an interior designer. Recently a potential client engaged my services where I showed him my designs. He was not happy with the price and was becoming very difficult. I told him then that perhaps I would not take up the project and will charge him for the design only. He said that he will not pay for it and that he will use my design to ask for quotations from other contractors? Can he do that? Could I still charge him for my services?
Based on the quantum merit principle, you can charge him for your design. Inform him that you will sue him for the services rendered and any damages incurred. On top of that, you can also apply for an injunction to stop him from using your designs. If your designs are copyrighted, then you can also apply under the Intellectual Property Law. Even if the designs are with him, unless he can prove that he made any payment to you, he still owe you the charges and this is provided under Commercial Law.
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