An anonymous reader writes "A startup I developed for over the course of two years has hit a rough patch and are now low on funding. They are currently sitting on 5 months of invoices from me. The clients were not happy with their product due to feedback from investors and tried to pass blame onto the developers for the "state of the product". Everything they designed (and they are not designers) was developed and functional. They still have some money left and are going to pay another company to design and develop a completely new product for them based off their idea. This is going to cost them about 5x as much as the money they currently owe me. On top of not paying their debts, they now say "we are going to review your invoices and match up hours on the invoice with 'accepted code'" During the course of two years this policy has never been brought up and they always paid invoices, mostly months late, but still paid. Sure enough they will want to withhold money and will only pay my invoices if they receive anymore funding. As a developer, sometimes you get comfortable and put trust in people you work for. This was a contract gig. Reading into the contract, there is a statement about completing the “scope of work”, but there is no documentation or wireframes to prove any scope of work. Invoices have always been billed hourly and paid without question. I find this situation to be ridiculous, and I wanted to get others to weigh in about it. I’ve considered seeking legal advice or waging social media war against them and publishing a more detailed story."