What to do regarding an unpaid freight bill?

We have a customer who we sell products to and part of our agreement was that he paid the freight on the products. After running up a $7,000 bill with the trucking company, he blamed the problem on us after we clearly stated he was responsible for all cost of shipping and dealing with the trucking company. The trucking company is now trying to hold us accountable and he will not pay the bill he owes to us or them. What should we do?

Asked on March 29, 2014 under Business Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You most likely have to pay the trucking company--check the terms of service and/or any other agreements with them, but the deal/agreement between you and your customer does not bind them. However, you should in turn be able to sue the customer to recover the money they owe you under the terms of your agreement; you would sue for breach of contract.

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