I removed a clients website from the internet for non-payment of website design service after all efforts to be paid was exhausted and the account was several months past due (by the way…they are doing this to other businesses in town). Now…the client is claiming they are turning this over to their lawyer….claiming we severely harmed their business. The restaurant website was down for less than 24 hours. We reinstalled the website, after they paid less than ½ the amount due. We gave them a 30 day extension on the remaining amount due. Now…they refuse to pay the remaining amount and they are threatening to sue us. This is getting ugly. Has anyone else…ever had to pull down a clients website due to non-payment? If so, what was the outcome? If anyone can share their experience, I’m sure we could all learn from this. Are there any general website ethics rules about having to pull down a website? Any advice on this issue would be appreciated. The client still owes me $1,200 and refuses to pay. I’ve been designing websites for over 10 years and I have never had to go to the extreme of removing a clients website. I could use a little advice from fellow web designers.