I provided all intellectual property files to a former client as each project I worked on for them was completed. All files were delivered and payments were made for my work over 16 months ago. This client has now misplaced all of these files and is threatening me with legal action if I do not resend them all of these files. If I need to access these extensive files from my archives and resend them to this former client in their entirety I feel this client should have to pay me for my time to do so. Is this true?
There was no contract, it was piece work after my original retainer that was completed 5 years ago. However, now they want me to spend hours sending them documents they were delivered over a five year period free of charge that they have mistakenly misplaced or deleted. I am based in CA. Client is in Washington DC. I have not worked with this client in a year and a half.