That's very true, cdi and sorry, I did miss you saying about answering. I do still believe, though, that he is perfectly reasonable in coming on here and talking about the issue since it's not like he keeps making thread after thread. He simply updates this one letting us know what's up and (probably) relieving a little stress at the same time.
And, SMP, I didn't remember the exact details I just remembered your lawyer friend saying that you shouldn't completely shut them out.
As for the check thing, there's a lesson right there for all of us, some might say they wouldn't do it but you also have the knowledge of what happened to OP already in your head. I'm not saying everybody would but I, being a noob in photography and also fairly blind to the business world still, might have not thought twice about accepting post dated checks prior to reading this thread.