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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Products Liability for California on
Q: I bought a pack of golden deer and I smoked a cigarette out of one of my packs and a cut on the filter

And it tasted nasty and I think there was something in it and it made me throw up

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William John Light answered on Jul 21, 2020

Well, the evidence is gone or mostly gone, because you smoked it. Also, claiming you threw up isn't evidence of damages. For that, you need medical care, including a diagnosis, lab tests showing the presence of some bacteria, virus, chemical, poison, etc. that can be traced to the cigarette,... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Is it legal to charge my credit card more than the quote on website?

I recently purchased pet insurance. When I filled in my information online and all of my pets information, I was quoted $555 for the year. I elected to pay the year balance instead of the monthly payments, and pressed the 'Complete' button (the number $555 had not changed). I am reviewing... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 21, 2020

You can contest the excess charges with your credit card company.

You can file a lawsuit against the insurance company for fraud, bad faith (possibly), and other consumer rights remedies. It is unclear whether this would be financially worth it. Small Claims is also an option. Consult...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: How can I get my dog from a woman I made an agreement with when breeding?

I bred my dog and agreed with a friend that I would receive pick of the litter and she would keep the rest. Once the dogs were born she asked if I would sell her my dog which I agreed to do. I waited for her to pay me and when she didn’t I texted to ask her when she would. She asked the price... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 19, 2020

Your agreement is a contract that was fully performed by you and is enforceable. Contracts do not have to be in writing. You can sue in Small Claims Court for Specific Performance (an Order of the Court that she perform), or for breach of contract (monetary damages that you incurred as a result... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I want sue my lawyer for malpractice

I paid a lawyer to get divorced and he sent my forms wrong and was rejected 3 to 4 times

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William John Light answered on Jul 19, 2020

A successful lawsuit requires that you have been harmed. I assume that your divorce has been delayed. If that is the extent of your "harm" it would not be sufficient to justify a lawsuit, in my opinion.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My ex wants her dog back and he legally belongs to her but I know I take better care than him. My roommates agree.

She lives in a homeless shelter at the moment and our relationship ended because she’s manipulative. He had anxiety when she had him and was overweight. He is noticeably happier. If she takes him back he will live with in hoarders house and would not receive the attention he does here nor the... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 18, 2020

Nothing you wrote makes you the owner.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for someone to put a shockcollar on my dog, even when that other person has nothing todo with my dog?

I have a roommate, he put shock collars on my dogs and claims they're for "training" purposes. They don't bark often, and don't bother anyone. But I don't feel like he has a right todo something so cruel to my pets.

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William John Light answered on Jul 18, 2020

It is a trespass to your personal property, which is a civil wrong, not criminal (at least in California. You appear to be in Ohio). It might be animal cruelty, depending on what he does with the shock collar. You should talk to the police and make a complaint, or get a restraining order, if... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: If I'm not sober under the influence can I suspend bar for accident attorneys? Is my Justice evidence still available?

Where is a legal aid to assist me with this matter. To suspend these attorneys licences bar. Is my past criminal history still evidence proof still available?

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William John Light answered on Jul 18, 2020

If you wish to make a complaint about your attorney's conduct, contact the State Bar. calbar.ca.gov/Public/Complaints-Claims

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: So if I am the one who provided the female, and take care of all cost on care, wouldn't I have the say so on my pups
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William John Light answered on Jul 16, 2020

Unless you had a different agreement upon which everyone relied before breeding, the pups are yours.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: What's the best wording to write a letter to the insurance company for Safeway? I tripped on a faulty cart.

I flew across the floor landing on my knee. I am a computer consultant and now can't sit for long periods of time. An MRI showed bursitis in that knee. Essentially I'm not out medical cost but I am out employment and it's been two years.

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William John Light answered on Jul 15, 2020

If it's been two years, you are either beyond the two year statute of limitations, or perilously close. You need an immediate consultation with an attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My friend was taking care of my dog while I was deployed and now he doesn’t wanna give it back to me.
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William John Light answered on Jul 21, 2020

Report him to the police for theft. Sue in Small Claims for the value of the dog, or its return, plus damages per day for "loss of use".

If you sue, bring all evidence that the dog is yours, along with some kind of proof of value (receipts, offers for sale of similar dogs,...
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3 Answers | Asked in Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for California on
Q: in need of a lawyer that can help me with my case involving auto insurance that has not taken my claim into account.

I was involved in a car accident that i was not at fault. However, my auto insurance has not taken responsibility of my claim. It has been a while and I've tried contacting them but thus far i haven't gotten a response. I want them to pay for my totaled car and my ignored injuries. They... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 13, 2020

You will have to call PI attorneys, or email them, directly. Attorneys are not allowed to contact you or solicit your business. If anyone responds to your post in this manner, run in the other direction. You do not want attorneys who break rules representing you.

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: If I purchase a vehicle in my company name, am I putting my business at risk If I am sued in result of an accident?

I plan on purchasing a truck used primarily for work, but also for personal use. In order to utilize tax benefits such as "bonus depreciation" the vehicle has to be titled in the company name. I fear that if myself or my spouse are driving the vehicle and are sued in the event of an... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 11, 2020

In short, yes. As an owner of the vehicle, the Company is liable for up to $15k/person, $30k/collision for bodily injury and up to $5k for property damage.

If you injure someone in the course and scope of your work, the Company is liable for all damages you cause. If you have a commercial...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was in an accident, a guy on a bicycle ran into my car ,smashed my window , and now is trying to sue me What can I do

He had no light, admitted fault, refused medical treatment, I received no ticket of any kind, was told “ to go home” I was the driver but the car is registered to my daughter in law, because I am buying the car but haven’t completely paid for it yet, we filed a release of liability, but the... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 7, 2020

You and she should notify your insurance companies. That is why you paid for all those premiums.

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I took a job"under the table" . I fell off a stool, broke my neck. Do I have any legal recourse? I am paralyzed.
William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 6, 2020

You have a workers compensation claim. If your employer didn't maintain workers compensation insurance, you have a personal injury lawsuit. Contact a PI attorney to discuss in detail.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Criminal Law for California on
Q: How do I legally register my fiancee as my emotional support person? Like a support animal but support person.

My fiancee was arrested for something receiving known stolen property but he didn't know it was stolen but because the cops found the stolen stuff in his house they are claiming he knew it was stolen. They're trying to give him 3 years but I legitimately can't go a day without him.... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 4, 2020

There is no such thing as a legal registration for support animals. Someone on the internet will sell it to you, but it means nothing. There is also no such thing as a "support person." Even if there was such a thing, and your boyfriend qualified to be one, that would not be a defense... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Can a older mother get in trouble for wearing a see through nightgown and from her son's friend's Being Flirtatious

She would bend over directly and front of my friends so they can get a good view I guess When she's gane undressed or dressing in a Room the door be partially open she does have any curtains on Her bedroom windows so and it's a real low window directly by the carport

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William John Light answered on Jul 3, 2020

Depends on how old the son's friends are, how see through the nightgown is and what "being flirtatious" means.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was a pedestrian crossing the street legally, when I was hit by a car. I was wondering how much should I ask for?

My superficial injury healed up from the accident, it was minor actually, impact on ankle. But I'm a hemophiliac and joint injuries never go away for us, they evolve and become chronic years from now, potentially. Should I even be settling? I really don't want to be drawn out in court but... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 2, 2020

It depends on your medical treatment, medical expenses, future medical treatment, your comparative fault, your permanent disability, the available insurance limits, etc. No one can tell you what your case might be worth without a lot more information.

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3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for California on
Q: I have received an email requesting I pay or they will send me to court, I have never received any legitimate info

I have received this email and I want to know if it is legitimate, I emailed asking what it was in regards to and they sent an email with minimal information and told me to pay a certain amount of money to close it. They could not tell me when where or how they got my information, but that they... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 2, 2020

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: What do I do if someone refuses to give my dog back to me because they want to keep it yet i never signed it over?

I adopted this dog from a local breeder and signed a document proving that he is now mine. I had him at my house for about 2 weeks and my dad got mad because he kept him up one night and my dad was already getting bad sleep he made a rash choice and told me to get the dog out for the night. I found... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jul 2, 2020

There is no requirement that you "sign" your dog to someone in order to transfer ownership. If you gave your dog away, then it is no longer yours, writing or no writing. I suspect that the persons in custody of the dog will have a story that is different from yours.

If you did...
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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits, Social Security and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: My Doctors&Clinic kept inaccurate records & have altered them to avoid dealing with a complaint. Is this malpractice?

I can prove they altered them. The result has been denial for SSDI benefits and a severe deterioration in my quality of life and has endangered my overall health permanently. I don't know what to do to fix this?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 23, 2020

It might be a HIPAA complaint, but damages are not available for that under the statute.

It might be Negligent Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage, but it's unclear that there would be enough money at stake to justify this type of claim.

Also, I don't know...
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