Judges and Lawyers? Why would you believe anything this guy tells you?
I would talk to an NJ lawyer first. The buyer was in NJ the money started in NJ and his contract doesnt have any jurisdiction provisions. Its worth trying to get the fight brought here.
Any settlement less than money sent less the $2k should be unacceptable.
Sounds like a real heep of sh!t.
Why am I posting on OSO