I’ve unfortunately had the same thing happen to me a couple of times and it did have catastrophic consequences. I appreciate your writing about this. It’s a topic that people don’t want to address.
I’ve often considered the benefit to freelancers of publishing the clients I’ve had the misfortune of working with but I’m always concerned about how it would look to future clients. So I really haven’t. However, I agree that a certain level of transparency would help all freelancers and promote payment.