Lubbock Man Prepares To File For Bankruptcy After Leaving Negative Online Review | KLBK | KAMC
LUBBOCK, Texas – Tim Castleman did his best to be successful: he paid off his debts, started a business, and did what he could to protect it from liability.
“I was doing what I think they tell everyone about building wealth,” Castleman said.
But a bad review turned his life upside down.
“This American dream has really turned into an American nightmare,” Castleman said.
Through his business, Castleman hired a company, originally called The Offline Assistant, but now called Handlemysupport.com. He said they made mistakes that would have cost him $ 8,000. So he left them a bad review online. However, they quickly took legal action.
Castleman said he was never made aware that the lawsuit against him and his company was set for a court date, so the case was referred by default to the Irish company. He then owed hundreds of thousands of dollars and the lawsuit allowed them to take his business and properties.
But Castleman thinks they shouldn’t have been allowed to sue him personally in the first place
“My LLC shouldn’t have allowed them to seize my personal property because it was a business dispute. I hired him, I paid with a business card, on a business account, everything was 100% business-related, ”Castleman said.
Castleman now faces a reality that he could owe Handlemysupport.com money for 20 years because of this lawsuit.
“I also don’t see how that benefits him because the real story is, ‘Hey, you had a dispute with this guy, then you sued him for a million bucks, then you got him. cost his business and all of those things. ‘And it’s not me saying that, it’s the court that shows it,’ Castleman said.
So now he’s considering filing for bankruptcy to protect himself.
“That’s why I have to file for bankruptcy to protect myself and make sure I don’t lose anything, but it’s ironic because I have nothing more to lose,” Castleman said.
Hoping it can give her some hope in the midst of this nightmare.
“Bankruptcy and having to start all over is kind of a fresh start,” Castleman said. “I have to find a reason to keep going and not let this define me forever.”
But until then, Castleman has filed an appeal with the Texas Court of Appeals and is awaiting a hearing date that could help him repair at least some of that damage.
“Freedom and justice for all. Where is my justice? Where is my day in court? And that’s what’s frustrating,” Castleman said.
Castleman and his lawyer are sending all of their documents to the appeals court right now, but say it could be 3 to 15 months before they know if and when they will have that day in court.