O2, Wow.... and I mean really... WOW!
I am sorry to hear about your troubles but it's a very common tale.
As realtors, we're not licensed Attorneys. What you need really is legal advice and unfortunately we're not able to advise you in these manners without exposing us to all kinds of liability. Even thought I may have the answer you need.
So the best sound advice I can provide you at this time is to speak to real estate attorney and have this discussion with them.
I have a great one in Mesa that can help you should you desire that info.
Send me a message asking for it though as I don't provide that in a public forum such as Trulia.
All The Best,