NO JUDGEMENT GRANTED!
The judge ruled - That because I did not have a written contract and that Dan's wife had returned the box of parts to me with an invoice for $0.00 that I had received a new barrel for free and he was NOT interested in hearing my evidence that Dan perjured himself and he flat out refused to call either of my witnesses; the first being the smith Colt that worked with Dan and the other being the Detective that investigated the criminal complaint.
I asked the judge if we could at least hear from Dan's wife to see if she had returned the property of the other people who I gave her a list of their contact info; and the judges answer.....
"I will not allow her to answer that because the answer could be used against her if future criminal charges were brought; furthermore I appreciate your frustration but you took a risk by sending a $2,000 item without a service contract and this should be a lesson learned."
To which I could only politely thank the court for its time, but stated it seemed like Dan was off the hook because his WIFE had been informed of their lawsuit by the very gunsmith they were both slandering and that was the only reason they sent my parts back.
Before Dan Pederson
2 years later and small claims court later....
FYI rear sight block is not soldered on, barrel not to length, front sight not installed, stock not inletted, feed work not performed.
Yes it certainly has been a lesson learned and as I said before this post was started as a warning to others, check recent references and beware what you may be in for.
What now you ask? I spoke with Dennis Olson this week and he inspected the parts and the headspace is good and he believes he believes the project is worth moving forward with, and I asked him what his turn around time looked like?
"Slow!" Was his jokingly honest reply and no I didn't ask him for a service contract either!