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I was working on a project over the last 6 months - originally i estimated 40 hours however due to client changes it spiralled out to about 100 hours. This was in Australia.

The client originally found a new developer who was supposed to work along side me but ended up taking over the project as he convinced them to rebuild the project another framework. I said I wasnt confident taking it on and the client ended up terminating the contract and going with the "supporting web dev".

Sometimes I would take 2-3 days to reply to emails and the job still wasnt finished that we agreed upon and I will admit my code wasnt the absolute greatest but it worked. Overall I was unhappy with the project and the client but continued on to try at least finish the job.

The only part in my contract that specifies anything relevant is that if the client was unhappy they could terminate me - apart from that there was nothing else about needing to finish the job.

I'm just curious here if the client would have any right to sue? They have indicated before when I didnt reply for a few days to threaten legal action but im curious if they are just talking tough?

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  1. You gave them an estimate. Not a definite promised delivery date. So they can't claim that a longer timeline breaks your contract. They were free to pull the plug at any point. As long as you kept them in the loop.

  2. You produced a working demo/complete solution to what you were originally agreed to do. Mission accomplished.

  3. They changed their minds about goals when they talked to the second developer. It's not your fault that they didn't know what they really wanted when they gave you the go ahead.

  4. 2-3 day delay in correspondence for this kind of project is not a big deal (absent an agreement otherwise).

Think they are just trying to scare you into giving them a refund that they know they aren't actually entitled to. They will look foolish for having paid twice to get their project done.

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