A Florida man has spent $7,000 defending himself in a defamation lawsuit filed by the subject of his negative eBay review.

Michael Steadman’s legal funds have dried up, but the Miami-Dade County Court lawsuitagainst him is still pending.

It all started when Steadman bought a $44 time clock for his welding business from Miami Beach seller Elliot Miller.

Steadman says the clock arrived in three pieces of varying models that didn’t fit and couldn’t stamp a card, as advertised.

He returned it and got a refund through PayPal, but wanted to warn others.

On Miller’s profile he wrote, “Bad seller; he has the ethics of a used car salesman.”

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In return, Steadman received a $15,000 lawsuit alleging he ruined Miller’s reputation and 100 percent satisfaction rating.

Associated Press