Re: Brera Disaster !
Sounds like the,"Sorry boss, I forgot to put oil in it", senario. The sump plug wouldn't rattle out on tick over. If it were a loose sump plug the engine would of seized while you were driving it home from the garage. If it were the timing belt snapping at idle then you would of had bent valves at worst and no more damage, certainly nothing would have seized.
Not sure if you would get a new car out of them but you should fight tooth n nail to get a spankin new lump out of em. You'll never know the real truth what really happened to your baby. Even if they let you inspect the engine while stripped you wont know what to look for unless you hire an independent consultant to go inspect it for you. That's the last resort though when the thumb screws have to be used if they dont wanna play ball n do the right thing
sad to hear of your mis fortune and hope u win !!!