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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Civil Rights, Gaming and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: Doesn't censorship of a product after point of sale present some legal challanges?

What of censorship in general? the freedom of speech and exspression mean nothing when there's no one or no way to hear it.

I'm very concerned about the pressures from many special interest groups and diverse and even opposing political parties trying to control or cancel people... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

You have raised a multi-faceted issue that encompasses both the legal domain and the evolving norms in society.

From a legal standpoint, private companies like game developers and publishers generally have a broad latitude to modify their products as they see fit, including post-sale. This...
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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Harassment and defamation from my job and they fired me today and I notified human resources department today as well

I need help

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 14, 2023

I'm sorry about your ordeal. I can only speak for the defamation aspect of your post. An employment law or civil rights attorney could advise about elements related to your harassment and termination. If you suffered defamation (slander - verbal form, or libel - written form), you could... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Harassment and defamation from my job and they fired me today and I notified human resources department today as well

I need help

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Aug 15, 2023

You can find many excellent attorneys who handle defamation and employment sexual harassment / discrimination cases on the JUSTIA homepage. Keep in mind that statements made in the context of your employment, even if untruthful, are generally privileged in the eyes of the law and not deemed... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: How do I get a copy of my arrested record? I’m trying to prove I been arrested for the same warrant twice
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answered on Jul 20, 2023

To obtain a copy of your arrest record in New York, you will need to follow these steps:

Contact the arresting agency: Reach out to the law enforcement agency that made the arrest. This could be the local police department or the county sheriff's office. Request information on how to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: What can I do if the judge made an order during a conference with no motion before him?

Supreme Court judge called a “conference” because my ex’s attorney sent him an email/letter requesting his intervention in the choosing of our children’s pediatrician. The letter had specific requests much like a motion would but it was just a letter.

At the conference, the judge... View More

Francesco Paolo Tini
Francesco Paolo Tini
answered on Jun 29, 2023

A Judge has the ability to calendar a case whenever the Judge finds good cause to do so, but it has to be on notice. If the orders include custody decisions and or visitation issues without a hearing, you most likely have an appealable issue. you must file an emergency motion with the Appellate... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Can I press charges and sue?

Hi I was assaulted by a security guard at a music venue/ bar on May 28,2023. She and a group of people pulled me out to the street then they held me down while she stomped on my face and arms. She took over restraining me then repeatedly punched me for ten minutes in my face. Cops came and I was... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Jun 8, 2023

Sorry to hear what happened to you. Whether you have a viable claim against the assailant's employer will depend on whether his actions and use of force were within the scope of his employment. If not, you will need to demonstrate that the music venue / bar had knowledge of his bad disposition... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: Transgender was lift up and trew against the floor by a worker on the shelter she was living at send to presbiterian

They put her to sleep did not give her any treatment,her shoulder is out of place and she is a lot of pain ,she need help

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 16, 2023

Addendum - If this matter involves any public agencies or entities, it would be advisable to seek guidance without further delay. Public agencies or entities could involve short notice of claim requirements (in other words, very short deadlines to initiate claims) - seek the guidance of an attorney... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Securities Law for New York on
Q: Is it illegal to post court documents and someone’s home address online in New York ?
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answered on Mar 2, 2023

In New York, it is generally legal to post court documents that are a matter of public record, such as court orders and decisions, online. However, it is illegal to post someone's home address online if it is intended to be used to harass or threaten them. New York has specific laws, such as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for New York on
Q: A guy has been asking me to cash fake checks for a few months, should I go to the police to report him?

Met some guy who asked if he could cash his checks in my bank account, because he was having problems, and being extremely naive I did .I've only recently realized that they were fake, I believed him when he told me that his employer was having problems or something, and now I'm starting... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2023

Yes, you should go to the police to report him. Cashing fake checks is a form of fraud and it is illegal. You should also contact your bank and let them know what happened so that they can take any necessary steps to protect your account. It's important to be honest and upfront about the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Hi. I downloaded an app facedance and took pic of my coworker and it showed his face dance. Can he sue me for that?

He asked me to send it to him

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answered on Feb 25, 2023

It's unlikely that your coworker could sue you for taking a picture of him using an app, as long as you had his consent to take the picture. However, if he did not give his consent and you took the picture in a place where he had a reasonable expectation of privacy, he may have a case for... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for New York on
Q: What laws must I know to write a book or movie about a fictional version of a recentish event, mentioning real names?

The event in question took place a couple of decades ago. Some of the main people involved are dead and some are alive. It's a relatively well known/publicized event, though not everyone's involvement is super well known its all easily available in news articles. I want to know about... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 3, 2023

Aside from intellectual property issues, there can be tort law issues. Diligent publishers will review certain manuscripts to ensure that a book does not open the door to allegations of libel, the act of defaming (causing damage to dignitary interests) a person in written form. Good luck

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for New York on
Q: What laws must I know to write a book or movie about a fictional version of a recentish event, mentioning real names?

The event in question took place a couple of decades ago. Some of the main people involved are dead and some are alive. It's a relatively well known/publicized event, though not everyone's involvement is super well known its all easily available in news articles. I want to know about... View More

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Feb 3, 2023

You potentially have to contend with the New York Civil Rights Law §§ 50 and 51, New York’s “Right of Privacy” law, which prohibit the use “for advertising purposes, or for the purposes of trade” of the name, portrait or picture of any living person without obtaining his or her prior... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for New York on
Q: I am looking for a lawyer for discrimination defamation and racism please 13206
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 6, 2023

It might be difficult for attorneys here to reply to you. The format here is only basic Q & A - it doesn't work like an attorney referral service. The closest thing might be the tab above, "Find a Lawyer," which you could use to supplement your own searches. You could search... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Can I sue someone for taking my picture in a private space without my permission?

This person then proceeded to send the image to other individuals, again without my consent or permission.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 22, 2022

It's possible you could, from a textbook standpoint. But from a practical standpoint, law firms would ask about the extent of damages. As a possible intentional tort involving invasion of privacy, this is something that some personal injury firms might handle. Keep in mind that such a matter... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law and Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: Is there any way around the statue of limitation in a case of a civil lawsuit?

I want to proceed with a lawsuit against the fostercare agency which represented me during my youth for civil rights violations, financial fraud, as well as theft of services,& emotional psychological distress.

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answered on Dec 11, 2022

A tort statute is typically three years, but that is not the issue. The issue is whether the asker has standing to sue as a plaintiff against a foster care apparatus that included a family court. The answer will be no.

America's government creates problems for which they enact...
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1 Answer | Asked in Military Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: can i get my dogs back if im a disabled veteran ptsd 70% and sign a surrender from due to lack of payment for treatment

My dogs contracted parvovirus no veterinarian in nyc would help me unless i had funds which i dont. i had to surrender the puppies to ACC (Animal control center) they had me sign surrender form and told me that i cant get them back because im surrendering them. which i get but these are my... View More

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answered on Nov 19, 2022

By surrendering them, you have no further legal claim. If they are being re-homed, you can apply to adopt them. However, your inability to provide for their medical needs in the past will likely be taken into account.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for New York on
Q: I need a civil attorney to represent me in a a lawsuit against CPS in New York State. Seems no one has the experience.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 8, 2022

It's difficult for someone here to respond to your request for an attorney. The format of this forum is more Q & A than attorney referral service. To supplement your own searches, you could try the tab above, "Find a Lawyer." Additionally, the New York State Bar Association has... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for New York on
Q: Is it not true that only a Judge can dismiss a claim on failure to file a claim upon which relief can be granted?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 2, 2022

Your question straddles a number of categories. I can only speak for the civil part; a criminal defense attorney could address criminal aspects. In my experience, it is the judge who makes decisions on dismissals. Your question includes the word "only." I can only say that I haven't... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Why is it so difficult to get a lawyer/attorney to respond to us or to get legal advice? We are paying customers.

The situation involves illegal sedation of a disabled person in a group home with evidence, and neglect/abuse with evidence. The group home agency has failed to correct the situation or address the situation appropriately on so many levels it's mind-blowing. We also want to sue for... View More

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Oct 4, 2022

Although not always the case, the inability to find a lawyer is oftentimes a reflection on the merits, or perceived merits, of your case. That said, you can find many excellent personal injury attorneys using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage. Almost all of them charge no fee for an... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Why is it so difficult to get a lawyer/attorney to respond to us or to get legal advice? We are paying customers.

The situation involves illegal sedation of a disabled person in a group home with evidence, and neglect/abuse with evidence. The group home agency has failed to correct the situation or address the situation appropriately on so many levels it's mind-blowing. We also want to sue for... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 30, 2022

I'm sorry for your family's ordeal. Although this site doesn't operate like a lawyer referral service, the closest feature here is the Find-a-Lawyer tab above. You could use it to supplement searches you've already conducted. There's also a Lawyer Referral resource with the... View More

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