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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is it legal in California to own a prairie dog?
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William John Light answered on Dec 4, 2019

No. "To protect public health and safety, agriculture, wildlife, and natural resources, California's restrictions apply to many kinds of wild and domestic animals that are legal pets elsewhere, including hedgehogs, gerbils, degus, prairie dogs, sugar gliders, fur-ranch foxes, monkeys, and Quaker... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I was gifted a dog that was found.

The person who found the dog said they had had the dog for 3 days and looked for the owner, had taken him to the shelter and that there was no sign of the owner so they were trying to find a home for him because they couldn’t keep the puppy. Today the 5th day, we received a text from the guy who... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Dec 4, 2019

Yes, you have to give him back. He belongs to someone else. You know that. You are basically stealing somebody's property. The person who found the dog had no authority to give him to you or anyone else. He was supposed to give him to Animal Control.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Health Care Law for California on
Q: I caught an insect in my motel room where I've been staying for a week this morning ad I believe it's a kissing bug

Do I notify the manager of the motel? I already filed online report with public health services

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William John Light answered on Dec 1, 2019

Yes, you should notify the hotel management. You should also take photos of the bug and of any bite marks, if any. If you’ve been infected with the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite, you might have a claim for personal injuries if the hotel knew or had reason to know of an infection by that insect.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Justia, hi, I If my neighbors dog gets out of their back yard, on my prop. my dog bites his, would we be liable?

The neighbors dog crawled underneath their gate and walked over to our front yard, went to the bathroom on our grass. When our dog seen this behind a locked gate, he broke through the nylon built gate to bite the animal. My mom just arrived when this occurred. The neighbor and my mom somehow... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 26, 2019

You are probably not liable if your dog bites another dog that enters your property without permission. If your dog exited your property and bit another dog, you would likely be liable. Strict liability applies only to dog bites on humans who are lawfully in a public or private place.

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Health Care Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: I have been wrongfully charged twice for medical visits and it has caused me a world of trouble, what to do?

I have now been wrongfully charged by a medical department through county services claiming I did not have adequate insurance coverage at the time to cover the expenses incurred.

I have tried unsuccessfully, now this second time around, to explain to them that I did in fact have coverage... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 25, 2019

You may have claims for violations of the California Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. Contact an attorney to evaluate your potential claims.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for California on
Q: My situation doesnt have damages to pursue a malpractice suit. Was there willful negligence? Criminal act?

I asked a surgeon to inject dermal filler into my lips. He proceeded to do eight rapid stabs in the area around my lips. Nothing was injected, nothing as viscous as filler could have been injected through a small gauge needle that fast. Its just not how dermal fillers are injected. After he walked... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 21, 2019

You can file a complaint with the Medical Board. mbc.ca.gov/Consumers/Complaints/

You can sue in Small Claims for breach of contract, fraud, battery. You can get a judgment of up to $10k.

You will likely need oral or written testimony from a board certified plastic surgeon to the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Legal Malpractice and Native American Law for California on
Q: My brothers body was desecrated by a local mourtuary before he was to be creamated the owner had passed assuming he w

Upon further investigation by local sheriffs and state funeral and burial bureau they had closed the case 9 months later they recovered his body only due to the smell cause refrigeration had broke down I want to know if I have a case againts the sheriff's department and the state for neglagents... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 20, 2019

Yes, your family has a claim for the negligent treatment of his remains. (Christensen v. Superior Court (1991) 54 Cal.3d868, 879 [2 Cal.Rptr.2d 79, 820 P.2d 181]). Contact a PI attorney to discuss.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: When pulling onto a road in CA, if your vehicle is partially in the lane and someone hits it, who is at fault?

I was pulling onto a road and someone pulled out from a driveway behind me and into the lane I was entering. My vehicle was about 50% in the lane when the car that came from the driveway behind me ran into the left side of me. There were not stop lights or stop signs in this area. Who is at fault?

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William John Light answered on Nov 19, 2019

There are not nearly enough facts in this post to even make a guess as to responsibility. However, if you want your car fixed, make a claim with your insurer. It's faster and easier than going through the other driver's carrier. If your insurer gets its money back from the other driver/insurer,... Read more »

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Q: Car accident other party was uninsured and ran the stop sign and I need info on suing for pain and suffering

Workmens comp covered medical bills and I still have back pain and headaches and I am insured but have a deductible im asking for the deductible to be reimbursed but after a year having trouble collecting from the other party now we are starting the paperwork for small claims court and I was just... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Nov 16, 2019

If you have uninsured motorist coverage on your own policy, you can make a claim. If the other party is uninsured, you are highly unlikely to recover any significant funds from him/her.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: neighbors dog broken multiple fence boards in attempts to attack my kids, authorities don’t seem to care, what do I do?

I’ve contacted the owner, animal control, city code enforcement and local police and none of them either seem to care or say there is nothing they can do, I feel the system is failing me here and leaving me no safe options. I need some advice on how to proceed.

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William John Light answered on Nov 13, 2019

It seems that you need a better fence. Six foot chain link or masonry so that the dog can't chew through it. If it's wood or chain link, beware. The dog can also dig under it. Neighbors have an obligation to share the expenses of a property line fence, assuming that you have otherwise complied... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Contracts for California on
Q: my student loan holder keeps telling me they have never received my income-contingent repayment plan

I've sent it to them 8 times. They keep telling me they have never received it, as a result, the amount keeps going up. Is there anything I can do about this as it has been going on for over a year now.

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William John Light answered on Nov 10, 2019

Certified Mail, Return Receipt seems like a good option.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Can I use the phrase “won’t you be my neighbor” on a t shirt
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William John Light answered on Nov 9, 2019

This site is not a substitute for an attorney client relationship with an attorney knowledgeable in your business practices. No attorney will dispense free advice over the internet based in such few facts, potentially exposing you, and them, to liability for violation of intellectual property... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If my service dog is in pound . Do I have to pay the release fee. Or should they release to me because it's a service do

We lost our dog on Halloween evening when trick or treating since then . Then dog was taken in by somebody groomed and somehow landed her way to the pound where even though she is registered and has tags. The tags when lost were not currently be worn by our dog sheilla

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William John Light answered on Nov 8, 2019

As far as I am aware, there is no exemption from impound fees for a service dog. The pound will know. Ask them.

5 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Federal Crimes and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Can a lawyer represent in any City and how do I go about finding the right one and what are basic fees

I would like to send someone a civ 110-120

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William John Light answered on Oct 30, 2019

If you are trying to dismiss a case, you need to fill out the form, and have someone else mail it to the defendant and sign a Proof of Service stating that they did so. You then take both the original Request for Dismissal, and the Proof of Service to the Clerk's office at the court and file them,... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can you help me with a slip and fall?

I was walking in a casinos parking lot down to the store. There is no side walk so when I stepped on the we'll mud and grass I slipped and completely tore my right calf muscle and had to be driven to the hospital by ambulance.

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William John Light answered on Oct 30, 2019

California casinos are typically on Native American land and are subject to tribal law. Look for an attorney knowledgeable in that area. If your casino isn't on a reservation, contact a slip and fall attorney. No one is supposed to offer take your case in response to your message. It's against... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Insurance company wants to give entire car accident settlement to Medi-cal. I still have med bills and am homeless.

The at-fault driver only had $15K coverage and is broke. How do I recover court filing fees to cancel the case & negotiate with Medi-Cal to recoup some of it for treatments they don’t cover, since I did all the legal work myself to file lawsuit and recoup full amount on their behalf?

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William John Light answered on Oct 30, 2019

Medi-cal follows a statutory procedure to reduce its lien on third party recoveries. You need to notify Medi-cal of your claim, and of the settlement of the action, and of your expenses incurred in obtaining the recovery, and of your out of pocket medical expenses. Medi-cal will inform you of the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: What is the statue of limitations on reporting a school for violating the students fourth amendment law by strip search

they strip searched me down to only my underwear. they made me take my bra off. i am female.

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William John Light answered on Oct 29, 2019

6 months to file a Tort Claim, before a lawsuit is filed, for claims based on state law. Two years for claims based on federal law, and potentially extended until your 20th birthday.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: A insurance company left a very uncomfortable sounds like sexual message on my voice mail and it's about 2-3 min wisper

Alot of wispering,moning , saying this just feels right u would have to hear it

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William John Light answered on Oct 30, 2019

Could be a claim for sexual harassment. Forward the voicemail, and a screenshot of the telephone number from which it came, to an attorney for review.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: NOT AT FAULT Accident other policy was expired at the time and my car got totaled, Can I ask for monetary loss?

My vehicle was a lease and my insurance only covered (GAP) Other Party Insurance Premium was over and I would like to know If I can ask the other insurance for the loss of payments towards my vehicle, Payments made towards my car balance?

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William John Light answered on Oct 28, 2019

No, you are entitled to the fair market value of your vehicle, and "loss of use" which is generally measure by the daily rental value for a reasonable number of days after the collision.

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