I am a retired member of the CA bar whose has done due diligence and information gathering on behalf of a alcohol rehab patient who paid $60,000 for 3 weeks of treatment, after relying on online representations about staffing that were not true. I am drafting a complaint with at least 2 causes of action, breach of contract and deceptive trade practices. At this point, the client needs a member of the Bar to represent him in court, assuming there is no settlement. You may or may not want to ask for a success fee. The $1000 fee is arbitrary.