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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: How responsible is a manger of a bar if a customer is threatening violence and the owner still allows them to come in?

I told the owners we dont feel safe but they still allow her to come in. she has hit one security guard so far. Told 2 servers she would cause physical harm but the owners wont listen. they let her come back.

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William John Light answered on Mar 12, 2021

Unclear who you are. If you are a co-worker, and you are physically attacked by a customer, you have a workers compensation claim against your employer, and a personal injury claim against the customer.

If you are a customer, and the business has knowledge of the violent propensities of a...
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5 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I had a personal injury where I walked into a glass wall that was not obvious. Apparently, several people have walked

into it. The building manager was vey nice , I was knocked unconscious and sent to the hospital. The 3rd party that handles the building insurance claims was not very nice to me although they did reimbursed my health insurance company's payments. The two year anniversary is on 4/1.... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 11, 2021

No one could say on such little information, but you should definitely consult with PI attorney for an in depth consultation on your potential claims. Your statute of limitations expires on the 2 year anniversary, so do not delay any further.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Drug addicted ex-house mate leaves dog, comes back 6 months later and steals her from our yard. Can we get her back?

Long story short, he moved to Oregon suddenly and asked us to pick her up at his x girlfriends house. We made a verbal agreement we would take her, but she is our dog now. After 6 months, he shows up and takes her out of our yard and back to Oregon. We asked repeatedly if he was there to take her... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 28, 2021

You can sue in CA Small Claims and get an Order for return of Property. You will then have to hire an Oregon attorney to enforce that Judgment in Oregon.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: I booked 14 days at an inn, I stayed 6 days only, receptionist gave no receipt saw receipt on email was charged fully

I originally booked 14 days at an inn. I checked in and I was charged the 2 weeks right away. I asked if ever I decided to check out early is there refund. Guy said yes. On the 6th day, I told the receptionist I'm checking out and gave the card keys. Receptionist said I'm good to go... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 28, 2021

Small Claims is an option. However, if you booked through a third party, like Booking.com or similar, I don't think you can get your money back.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I live across a high school baseball field. If I or my family gets hit by a foul ball can I sue the school?

I live in California. Foul balls land on my driveway, patio, at times hit my house.

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William John Light answered on Feb 27, 2021

Maybe. Have you notified the school and requested that it install some netting?

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3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Divorce and Civil Rights for California on
Q: In california while using a self check out, can a walmart employee search through my bag and count my items

I was at a self checkout and 1 of my items was scanning at a higher cost than stated on the sign. I asked a employee for assistance with the item. I stated that these socks are marked for clearance for $2.50. I had already scanned 8 pairs and they all scanned for the correct price $2.50. This is... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 27, 2021

It's arguably false imprisonment. It's different than Costco, which has a Membership Agreement. Refusing, however, has its costs and your remedy is a lawsuit, the end result of which is not guaranteed to be satisfactory to you since your damages are effectively $0. Complying also has... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: I just bought mcdonalds and got the McChicken. The chicken was raw, like not even cooked. Can I sue McDonald's for this?
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William John Light answered on Feb 26, 2021

Not unless you got salmonella and went to the hospital for food poisoning, and you still have the receipt for the McDonald's purchase.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: I need to know how to get my last check from my previous employer. And if I have a sexual harassment case.

He asked me if he could be my sugar daddy and when I said no he started to get disrespectful and we started arguing all the time. He fired me last Thursday and is refusing to give me my check when he I’m assuming should have given it to me by law Friday?

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William John Light answered on Feb 26, 2021

Sounds like a good claim both for retaliation and for failure to pay wages as required by law. The real strength of it depends on the resources of the Defendant to pay.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for a company to charge me for not being enrolled in autopay? I'm being charged 7.50 a month, seems illegal.

The company is Sunrun and based out of Denver Co, I am in the state of Ca.

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William John Light answered on Feb 25, 2021

Under California law, an employer may lawfully deduct the following from an employee's wages:

1. Deductions that are required of the employer by federal or state law, such as income taxes or garnishments.

2. Deductions expressly authorized in writing by the employee to cover...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: How do the courts in California determine the monetary value of a dog when its considered personal property?

In 2013 , my friend bought a 6 month old purebred puppy for $2,500. He bought him as a pet, not to be bred. At 7years of age, he was stolen and used to sire a total of 8 purebred puppies. The puppies were then sold for $3,000 each. His dog could have continued to sire more puppies for at least 2... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 24, 2021

An expert in that breed of dog with knowledge of the market price considering the age, gender, and quality would have to testify.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: my dog who is chipped in my name all vet records are in my name was stolen from ca and taken to Indiana what can I do?

A former friend moved to California from Indiana and I agreed to let her stay with us. She stayed with me for 8 months. There started to be issues in the household and finally it got to the point that she attacked me and to prevent further problems I left the house to go calm down I was gone for... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 23, 2021

Report the dog as stolen to the particular police department in Indiana. If that isn't effective, you would need to retain Indiana attorneys to initiate a replevin action, or perhaps that can be done in Indiana Small Claims. Consult with an Indiana attorney for more specific information.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: can an Insurance Company, take back their offer after I've sign for the offer

my wife and I were in a car accident. I settle my case, My wife pass from a heart attack. my attorney had me sign an offer in my wife behalf. Two month later, I was informed by the Attorney that the Insurance Company with drew their offer. Prior to this my Attorney was telling me that they were... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 19, 2021

You can't sign for your wife. Once she passed, the only remaining part of her claim was for her medical expenses and wage loss, if any. The insurer can withdraw its offer if there was no acceptance by her.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Minor rear end collison no damage to vehicles. Driver of other car injury claim denied by my insurance

They want access to my insurance bodily damage amount. Should I allow them to get it .

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 19, 2021

If you don't disclose it voluntarily, the other party will file a lawsuit, and serve you. Your insurance company will hire an attorney to defend you. You will have to respond to interrogatories and a demand for production of documents in which you will be required to disclose the limits of... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Mergers & Acquisitions, Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for California on
Q: My ex boyfriend hit me in the face and ran into a tree with his truck he was given a ticket for driving with no license

Or insurance the police gave him a pink ticket and he has court case, he said i grabbed the strearing wheel and tried to crash on purpose. How can you know if the court opens a case against his accusations

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William John Light answered on Feb 17, 2021

You'll find out if and when you get arrested on a warrant.

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2 Answers | Asked in Banking for California on
Q: Ihave problems questions Ihave stock market missing mails to my bank account about 2milion now idont hear messages from

That why im so mad idont want design my product any if they don't send me money iwill stop

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William John Light answered on Feb 14, 2021

You have posted this in the employment forum, but it doesn't sound like an employment question. It's also impossible to tell what advice to give you. Punctuation would help. Complete sentences would help. A question would help.

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Can a lawyer evict me on defective 3 day and 30 day both overstated I served motion to dismiss the judge agreed with

But gave them 5 days to amend and all they did was add a sentence in the original complaint by saying we were told of changes in rate that's untrue because 95 % of our bookings were thru booking.com and priceline. Despite the settlement I was pressured to sign. I've later discovered many... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 8, 2021

If you have "signed" some kind of agreement to vacate or have been evicted after a hearing, then your case is over unless you appeal.

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: Is a nursing home allowed to make changes to a residents insurance to meet the needs of the facility without consent?

A nursing home has made changes to my mom's insurance. My mom had Medicaid through the state of CA which was Health plan of San Joaquin. As of April 2020 , HPSJ was dropped and now she only has Straight Medicaid. I only found out after receiving bills from her Doctors telling me She owed for... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 8, 2021

Any answer to this question would require a lot more information: medical records of your mom's condition in April 2020, documents showing the Home's authority to act on your mom's behalf, documents from HPSJ showing how the change in service was accomplished, research showing... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Small Claims for California on
Q: I pulled out a filling while using a flossing pick and following the directions on the back. Do I have a case?

While flossing my teeth with a flossing pick my floss got caught between my teeth on the way down on what I later found out was a piece of my tooth filling, there was no way of sliding the floss out since it's attached to the pick and when I pulled down to pull the pick out it broke and pulled... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 8, 2021

Highly unlikely that you have a claim. Floss is obviously safe. It is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world without incident. Rather than blaming the floss, it's far more likely that your filling had broken down and was in a weakened state.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Did this person violate PC 243.4 Sexual Battery, PC 288 Lewd Acts with a Minor Child Under 14, or PC 647.6 Annoy child?

In a reddit post related to legal questions, there appears to be a person, who obsessively imagines questionable stuff.

According to him: He lives in northern CA. While he was jogging across a bridge which had a family (parent and 4 small kids) sitting on the bridge, he imagined that he was... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Feb 8, 2021

We are not here to volunteer our time to answer hypothetical child sexual abuse questions. If you have a real problem, post a real question.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Should I sign a declaration from my insurance company

My niece got in a car accident where the other driver passed. Im the main co signer on the car and she is the other.

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William John Light answered on Feb 6, 2021

We haven't read the declaration, nor do we know it's purpose. We can't possible give advice in those circumstances. If you want legal advice, ask your insurer to appoint an attorney for that purpose.

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