Alright, here's the story:
I still live with my parents, and I run my business (website design for now) out of my house on MY computer (no one elses, in my room, my cable, etc) and my father comes in here occasionally (username is my real life name) and checks eBay, etc.. Now, I set my password so he couldn't log in anymore until I found out the source of the recent spyware, whether it's him or my friends who come on here to sites such as NewGrounds, thecrims, possibly porn (
) and such, so only I can log on to my computer. Now, my father called up a guy from a computer service place in downtown where I live, who came out (didn't document the house call, recieved no payment so no receipts) and attempted to "hack" my password by using a program he has, in attempt to recover my password to tell my father. I did not have anything to do with this, I did not authorize my father to do so, I did not authorize the service man to do so.
Now, here's the thing that makes me want to file a lawsuit: He completely formatted my computer, and reset an administrator password and did not tell me, or ask me, if he could do so. By him doing this, I lost every website I had (both my 2 and a couple of client's that were all in the works), however SileStudio was nearing completion. I have no backups, no FTP, no nothing to recover any of these sites which were altogether worth about $1,000 to $3,000USD. He completely wiped out over 200 hours of work. However, I have not talked to the service man (he is the owner of the company and a friend of my father's), and I have no real physical proof. My father did tell my mother and my grandmother that he was having this guy attempt to do this, and my father also told my mother that he failed his attempt and screwed up my computer. My mother asked my father if he asked me if it was okay, and he told her no.
Could I sue this guy for my time and my projects, not to mention the hurt it put on my reputation as a business... So could I also sue for, what would you call it, emotional... That isn't a word I would like to use, but if need be I will use it. He knew it wasn't my father's computer, as when he went to the sign up screen it is obviously my name, and I am the only user on the computer.
If he gets ****ty with my, I will just ask him if he knows so much about computers, why wouldn't he just F8 at start up, go into safe mode, and go into my administrator account (the password on it didn't change, and my father knows my commonly used passwords, so he could have gotten in), but instead he just went and screwed up my business, and my 3 clients, which their sites were all due within the next week or two, and there is no way I can create even a half-assed dynamic website for all 3 of them in that time, nor do I think they will buy the story, even if it is true... and word of mouth goes a long way in this small town, as I was mainly doing small business to get my foot in the door.
What do you guys think? Should I sue him? Or should I just go to a lawyer, and explain my case? Or should I just drop it and lose about $1,500?