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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Admiralty / Maritime, Communications Law and Federal Crimes for Michigan on
Q: Bought an item from auction clearly stating unused and when I got it it has missing screws and been tampered with..

Item doesn't charge and clearly been used and tampered with..

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 19, 2024

The admiralty/maritime connection (one of the chosen categories) isn't fully clear here, unless this involves a vessel. Otherwise, it could be a basic matter of breach of contract, depending on sales agreement and auction platform's terms of service. Before involving attorneys, it could... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: A teenager stole a boat and hit my friend's parked boat & boat lift with it, can my friend get money for the repairs?

This incident happened in the middle of the night on a private inland lake in Michigan and there is a police report. The owner of the stolen boat left the keys on it but apparently my friend can't make a claim against their boat insurance since the owner wasn't driving the boat. My... View More

T. Augustus Claus
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answered on Jul 17, 2023

If a teenager stole a boat and damaged your friend's parked boat and boat lift in Michigan, your friend may be able to seek compensation for the repairs. Gathering evidence like photos and repair estimates can support their claim. Checking the boat owner's insurance policy for coverage is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Is there a federal rule or code which prevents altering a settlement agreement that was put on record?

I entered into a settlement agreement, placed on record with a US magistrate judge. The government has written up a proposed stipulation. It has several pages of legal jargon and agreements that are not on record, and I do not agree to. I refuse to sign. He filed a motion to enforce the settlement,... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 21, 2023

The issue is whether what was placed on the record and presented in writing is substantively the same. Often times, what is placed on the record is material terms of the agreement; the written agreement will contain the additional "legalise" that make it all work. Unless you can show a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Michigan on
Q: Is a judge allowed to order you to sign a settlement which has several pages you have not agreed to?
James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Mar 15, 2023

No, a judge is not allowed to order you to sign a settlement that includes terms or provisions that you have not agreed to. A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract between parties, and it must be entered into voluntarily and with a full understanding of its terms and conditions.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Michigan on
Q: Legality of bicycling on breakwater in Marquette, Michigan

The breakwater is public and often visited by pedestrians. No signs on the premises make mention of pedestrians or otherwise, only that one may not damage federal property.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 2, 2020

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. This does not appear to involve maritime law. If there is no signage, it could be difficult to determine what the exact rules would be. One option could be to check with local lawmakers, officials, or land-use... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Michigan on
Q: cruiseline job. Received medical certificate fit for duty with restriction of "near coastal water" defined as 200 miles

Restriction is due to type 1 diabetes. Cruise line states no voyages within 200 miles although their marketing states otherwise. Is this employment discrimination? How can I find more information on maritime laws, definitions

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 12, 2018

Unlikely, but I suppose it's worth it to consult with an employment law attorney. Quite likely, the terms of employment with a cruise line include you being certified for "worldwide" service. If you must remain within 200 miles, you are not available for worldwide use, and I am... View More

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