piatkow - 7:56 am on Dec 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
If the cheque was issued on a UK bank then he could sue Google for the first £1700. Technically a cheque is a promise to pay independent of any other transaction. In theory G should have let the cheque go through then taken him to court. That at least is my rather hazy recollection of long hours memorising the Bills of Exchange act for my Law Relating to Banking exam nearly 40 years ago before switching to IT.
Of course if I was G's lawyer I would respond with a separate claim for every penny ever paid to him due to his failure to conform to the terms of the contract.