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Mark Ballas -- Dance Your Ass to Small Claims Court!

7/3/2011 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Defendant: "Dancing" pro Mark Ballas -- accused of firing his ex-publicist and NOT paying.
Plaintiff: Ace PR -- accused of doing a CRAPPY job. 

Strap on your rhinestone pants ... 'cause this one's about to get NASTY!!!

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Ballas has just been hit with a summons to appear in L.A. County Small Claims Court -- because Ace PR claims the "Dancing with the Stars" pro never forked over $2,637.75 he owed the company after he fired them back in September.

According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Ace claims Ballas agreed to pay them a "30 day termination fee" when he signed his contract ... which is basically severance pay.

But sources close to Ballas tell us ... the dancer believes he doesn't owe Ace a dime, because they breached the contract by doing such a terrible job.

Ballas and Ace PR are set to face off in small claims court on July 8.

Stay tuned ...

UPDATE: A rep for Ace tells TMZ, "After patiently waiting for this issue to be resolved, for close to a year, we hope that this can get settled and we can move on."


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1.

BB in CA    

It's hell to have to pay for a job NOT done or poorly done. Maybe he won't have to pay the full amount.
He's a guy doing his job dancing and making a living. He wouldn't have the job if he wasn't talented. He doesn't ask the pops to follow his every move.

1123 days ago
2.

Shread    

He fired the Publicist because that phony Pia Toscano was crying that they didn't get her no talent ass more press.
Someone should have told Pia her her 15 minutes were up.

1123 days ago
3.

writenow    

Too funny as they are doing a Great job at oppositional PR. Hmm, did they hire Bonnie Russell of BP Oil spill and Angelo Mozilo fame?

1123 days ago
4.

janja    

Marks grandpa passed away last week, and Marks grandpa invented the WEED EATER! Things you never thought you would hear but are true.

1123 days ago
5.

Pinky    

Get them on The People's Court!

1123 days ago
6.

22plays    

Just Because....shouldn't your name be "Just Because I Am Jealous As Hell That He Is Famous And I'm Not"? Twice you admit he's famous and you basically can't stand it. Can we have a pity party for Just Because? Come on everybody, Oh...so sorry your life is that miserable!

This has all the signs of a classic shakedown. You don't go to TMZ with a story like this if you have the actual goods to win in court. Especially a reputable PR firm where they are supposed to protect their clients from bad PR. What a joke of a PR company. Anyone looking to hire them or are with them should take note and run for the hills. This is how they do business. That alone tells us why their butts got fired. A PR firm having to sling mud on TMZ! They must be an awful company. Maybe they should join up with Just Because and we can have a pity party for both of them.

Obviously Ballas is correct in firing them for a breach of contract or this would have been handled a totally different way. LEGALLY!

1123 days ago
7.

lulzworth    

Did anybody else catch the episode where he danced with that 16-year-old gymnastics Olympian girl? He popped some major wood on national television... I wonder if the PR person got fired because they couldn't find a way to "spin" BONERGATE?

1123 days ago
8.

Sandra     

Suggest he pay up and be done with it!! Why does this guy need a PR person anyway!!

1123 days ago
9.

Truth    

WHERE'S JUDGE WAPNER WHEN YOU NEED HIM?! IS HE DEAD YET?? REVIVE THE JUDGE. COURT JULY 8TH!!!

1123 days ago

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