Legal expenses would make $1800 a moot point.
Fortunately that one was in small claims court and I think the only cost was a $25 filing fee and another $10 for the Writ. I got both of those back.
In the current debacle I am lucky to have a pro bono attorney, or else we would have been priced out of the game before getting to first base. It's still spendy, but there's a pretty good chance we will be awarded costs.