We asked Praizner if the $1,500 offer still stood, and he said yes, but he wanted Kaplan to put in writing that legally, this would be the end of the matter.
We told Kaplan, and she emailed Praizner
“I accept your $1,500 offer and will tell the Star Ledger that this matter was settled to my satisfaction,” the email said, noting that Kaplan would “renounce any legal claims” and she would withdraw her complaints to Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau.
She requested a cashier’s check by the end of the week.
When we checked in with Praizner via text, he asked if we would cancel publication of this story if he refunded the money. When we explained the story was running whatever his decision, he said, “We will wait to read your story so unfortunately her deadline prob won’t be met.”
So where does that leave Kaplan?
“If he responds, he responds, and if he doesn’t, I will go to my next step which is small claims court,” she said.
It’s been far longer than a week, and no checks have arrived, she said, but at least the basement remains dry.
That’s something, we guess.