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How long ago would payment for this stock have been made?
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Many thanks for your patience. If they are trying to get you to pay for the stock and not give you anything in return, then that is unlikely to be legal. They cannot just hold your money and not provide anything in return. Generally, that would be in breach of contract and unlawful. They could consider withholding any sums they owe you but only if they have a specific clause allowing that, or you have been the one breaching the contract in the first place AND they have suffered specific losses as a result, to the value of the money they are withholding. Without both of these, it is very unlikely they can just demand payment and give you nothing in return. As you are the one who owes them, let them take it further and prove their case. They cannot force you to pay them and if they were really adamant that you must, then they will have to take you to court, make a claim against you and win it. Even if they do that and you lost, as this would go to the small claims court, the risks are rather low and you would not be responsible for their legal fees. Therefore you can consider calling their bluff and seeing how far they are prepared to take this.
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