Actually, that could of happened even with signed notarized paperwork, sometimes you get a bad judge. Small claims su cks anyway. Even when you get found in your favor and they don't pay, you have to hire someone to serve papers on them, time off work, For 270 bucks just forget about it. Be a better man than him and the judge and consider it a lesson learned. I wouldn't even mention his name again, what'll it prove ??? What comes around, goes around, he'll get his.