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A recent lawsuit filed against Brandon Spikes, of the Buffalo Bills, is seeking payment of a court judgment that was the result of unpaid fish services performed by "the Fish Guy." Spikes, apart for being known for his ability to tackle and move back and forth between the Bills and Patriots, enjoys his tropical fish. Unfortunately, during one of the moves between Buffalo and New England, tropical fish drama ensued. Following the fish drama, the Fish Guy filed his fishy lawsuit.
Spikes had hired the Fish Guy in order to pack up and move his tropical fish and aquarium. Spikes had also purchased a large, $8,000 fish tank from the Fish Guy. During the move, and shortly after, approximately $2,500 worth of Spikes' fish died. Spikes believes that the deaths are due in part to the new tank that was not right, despite being recommended by the Fish Guy, and due to the Fish Guy's negligent packing and moving of them.
When Spikes discovered that his fish died after the move, he refused to pay the few thousand dollar balance of what was owed to the Fish Guy. When the Fish Guy didn't get paid, he filed a lawsuit. And when Spikes didn't show up to court, the Fish Guy won a default judgment. However, after a few failed efforts to collect on the judgment, when Spikes found himself back in court this year, he decided to challenge the judgment.
Currently, the judge on the case has stayed the enforcement of the judgment while he decides whether or not to allow Spikes to retroactively challenge the default judgment. While it is rather common for default judgments to be set aside, courts generally require that a judgment debtor have a valid reason for having failed to appear. Spikes is claiming that he never received notice of the default.
While it may be a fishy lawsuit brought by a fishy guy, Spikes certainly appears to be the one making a stink. Even though he signed a one year contract for nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in August 2016, rather than paying the less than $4,000, he is willing to spend whatever it costs to defend the case.
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