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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Our tenant is requesting environmental testing of the house he is renting from us. He said he started getting sick.

We just received the below email: This email is to inform you of some serious and ongoing health issues I have been having since approximately October. After numerous appointments and extensive testing, as of last week, my doctor has concluded that there may be something in the house that could be... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Apr 5, 2022

As a CYA measure, I would seriously consider getting some form of testing out there. They may be blowing smoke, but if there is a real issue out there, you are going to want to know about it and get it checked ASAP. If you don't, you could be accused of being negligent and that is the point... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Puerto Rico on
Q: My neighbor is doing major earthwork and excavation on my property without permits nor my permission. What do I do?

My neighbor is doing major earth work on his property for new construction. He excavated a natural drain and installed 32" subterranean pipes, roughly 100' of these pipes are on my property. He has also knocked down a coconut palm tree located on my property. He also excavated a bank... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Mar 31, 2022

The quickest way would be for you should request an immediate "cease and desist" order from the Municipal Court of the town where your property is located, and request the courts to deliver the order to your neighbor. The Petition should be accompanied y evidence of your title ownership... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental and Personal Injury on
Q: There is a Canadian company that was just found guilty in the US of knowingly polluting a water source where I grew up.

There is a Canadian company that was just found guilty of knowingly polluting a water source with raw mercury and lead slag (,the Columbia river). The toxic pollution was significant enough that it flowed into the United states. They were charged in an American court. I lived in the town that this... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 31, 2022

This is something you should consult with an attorney in Canada about. I am very sorry you suffered this ordeal. In the U.S., venue for a lawsuit can be based on the location of the defendant, with additional tests applied to corporate defendants. An attorney in Canada should be able to advise on... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Agricultural Law and Environmental for Texas on
Q: I got a warning but no citation, do I have to appear in court?

I got a warning from a TPWD Game Warden for no hunter's safety certificate. I was told to email proof of completion to the local judge and the issue would be resolved, i wouldn't have to appear in court (I have already done so). There is a handwritten appearance date at the bottom, what do I do?

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Mar 20, 2022

Call the court and make sure that you don't have to appear

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Environmental for Arizona on
Q: I am being exposed to cleaning chemicals at work, by a business next door to where I work. Can I take them to court?

They say they are allowed to dump there by the City of Sedona, I stand above the drainage pit all day for 9.5 hours every day, for 8 years, burning eyes, throat, lungs. I have complained to my boss, his boss, the business that's dumping, and the city of sedona, who says they are allowed to do... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman
answered on Feb 25, 2022

Thank you for your inquiry. I see a couple of issues you want to follow up. I would first contact the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health (https://www.azica.gov/forms/adosh2213) and the US Department of Occupational Safety and Health (I don't have a link to the federal form),... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Appeals / Appellate Law, Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Florida on
Q: Live in a CDD, adjacent to StormWater Area & wetland. Purchased for privacy. Area behind my home is floodzone AE.

There's a "No Public Access" permit condition in deed restrictions, "no public access" sign at entrance. The plat illegally shows "RECREATION"

People ignored the sign, talking and disturbing me at all hours. Property Mgmt sent a letter stating the area... Read more »

Barbara Billiot Stage
Barbara Billiot Stage
answered on Feb 19, 2022

You can use the “Find a Lawyer” link on this page. Lawyers cannot contact you first. The dismissal with prejudice seems very harsh just for not attaching the documents.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Environmental, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for New York on
Q: Was there any kind of settlement for the people in sugarcreek missouri for the ammaco oil refinery spill

I know at one point there was a letter sent to my grandmother in regards to a settlement but it was determined we wasn't zoned in. I understand we were zoned in at a later date. My grandmother and grandfather both died of cancer in that rachet town because of the oil spill and I feel justice... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 4, 2022

I'm sorry for the loss of your grandmother and grandfather. You could search online for case records of individual claimants under the spill (or its associated clean-up and remediation efforts), or whether a class of plaintiffs was formed. If venue for the action was in Missouri, another... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for New Mexico on
Q: What law pertains, Neighbor changed flow of storm water by blocking arroyo and thus causing damage to road and dwellings
Robert King Reges Jr.
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Robert King Reges Jr.
answered on Jan 31, 2022

The first question you have to answer is whether New Mexico treats an "arroyo" as a "watercourse" or as a mere "drainway" for precipitation. Most states disallow blockage of a "watercourse" (bed, banks and reasonably consistent source of water) unless... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Antitrust and Environmental for Missouri on
Q: Work comp

If im working at a none livable hoirly wage and get an inspection that Takes my lifes work away because they understamated me what do i do

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 13, 2021

I suggest you revise your post because it is hard too follow and too vague to answer. I assume you meant you received an "injury" rather than an "inspection." If you were injured at work, contact a workers' compensation attorney to evaluate the situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Environmental and Identity Theft for California on
Q: How do resolve current issues
Maya L. Serkova
Maya L. Serkova
answered on Nov 13, 2021

Your post is missing the actual facts. Please resubmit your question with a description of your issues. This will help us better assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Environmental for Michigan on
Q: Hello -who can I contact about oil well noise-Onondaga,mi

constant banging day and night--is maddening worse in the evening

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr
answered on Oct 5, 2021

You should contact the oil and gas company who is operating of the well.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Environmental for California on
Q: Can I sue southwest for not having COVID protocols and I catch the virus during one of their flight?

I recently took a flight on Southwest and ended up catching covid. They have mask policy’s which everyone followed but in the past, the middle seat in the aircraft was always empty. I couldn’t imagine the crew doing a sterilization job in the time they pulled in and we boarded. After getting... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Oct 2, 2021

In a lawsuit I think you will need to prove 1. that you contradicted your illness on that flight and 2. That you got it from the person sitting next to you and 3. That the airline failed to follow rules established by the government. Other issues are likely to be the vaccination status of you and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Environmental for Indiana on
Q: I have mold in my house making me and my kids sick what is the landlord's obligations and there's no lease involved here

Also have electrical wiring issues no sink I moved in here with feces on the walls and floor and no floor in the kitchen old plumbing is really messed up septic is backed up

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 30, 2021

An Indiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks, and you express some immediate concerns about the safety and welfare of your family. One option here is to repost your question and include Landlord-Tenant as a category. Although all your category selections make... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: A neighbor has dammed and rerouted water way with dozer and excavator. Altering flood plain and threatening residence.
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 16, 2021

Adjoining landowners are entitled to adjacent and subjacent support of their real property. But to prove this Tort will be difficult. Some type of engineer will be a necessary expert witness here. Also contractors will have to testify as to the costs of restoring the land, that is a large part... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Construction Law, Criminal Law and Environmental for Oklahoma on
Q: What is the law about distance of a dispensary to a baseball field in Oklahoma?

Distance of baseball field to dispensary

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Sep 7, 2021

There is not one. The limitation is in reference to a public or private school, so unless this baseball field is on school property, then there is no restriction currently.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Civil Rights and Environmental for Michigan on
Q: have a general question about noise. I have very sensitive hearing and autism and other disorders. I've contacted the bu

have a general question about noise. I have very sensitive hearing and autism and other disorders. I've contacted the business and the police about the noise but unfortunately it's gone on deaf ears. They keep playing music outside that's pounding and I'm right behind their... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 3, 2021

You could try contacting the city's neighborhood / code enforcement section. If the offending property is a business, there could be some abatement issues they could consider. But if the noise falls within the city's code concerning noise (e.g. it's within prescribed reason, etc.),... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Missouri on
Q: I have photographs of when bed bugs attacked me at a Best Western and the Best Western would refuse me a different room

Or my money back.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Aug 26, 2021

I'm sorry that happened to you. It is not going to make financial sense to pay an attorney to sue for a night's stay. You can file your own lawsuit in small claims court.

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental and Intellectual Property for New Mexico on
Q: Water from another property keeps destroying my property when it rains what and how do I go about fixing this

Coming off there roof out the back side of fence down the desert and out and tro my yard do I sue them are the city

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 11, 2021

A New Mexico attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. At this point, you could reach out to an attorney in your state who is familiar with the riparian rights/surface water run-off doctrines in your jurisdiction. These can vary across different parts of the nation.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: I’ve used their conditioners everyday for years. The tea tree mint and argan oil of Morocco.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 6, 2021

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. If you are inquiring about a product-based matter, you could reach out to attorneys under the Products Liability heading (see the Find-a-Lawyer tab above). You could also search attorney listings independently. Good... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can I sue my building if my room keeps flooding since I moved in

I live in a single room occupancy its very unhealthy for me I was also going thru an domestic violence and when I asked repeatedly to move and even contacted victims of violent crime and the women's against violent acts the building management pretended to move me to another unit in the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jul 7, 2021

more info is needed.

clearly, this facility is not up to code.

you have an inherent promise of habitability when you move somewhere.

you can go to small claims; report to state and city etc

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