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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 »

William John Light
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.

4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I need help ! I don't know how to go about this and if it's even worth it ..

I have a public defender . She calls me the day of my court date and tells me that the court is closed due to covid so no one is allowed in the court house . She left me a voice mail stating this loud and clear and repeated her self twice . she would notify me when the court re opened ,in the mean... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 24, 2021

Sorry about what happened. I would make sure that her office knows what happened to you and see if there is any way to help get your $2000 back. Unlikely, but worth a try.

Keep those VMs!

Good luck!

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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Communications Law for Arizona on
Q: My daughter was given covid vaccine she under 18 yrs old and the failed to ask for moms consent

consent when they realized herage they proceeded to continue giving her the vaccine and gave her a date to return for the 2nd vaccine but took back her copies of the paper work

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

You may have a technical claim, but as the vaccine has been used on millions with few side effects, you may want to consider if you don't want her to have the second dose which would be highly beneficial to her.

For advice on a claim contact the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association...
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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Missouri on
Q: I am needing an attory to assist me in getting some accounts closed online due to them being hacked can this be done?

I have a facebook account as well a paypal account that have been hacked and I have not been able to get either company to help me with getting them closed. I know who maybe behind this but that is a different story but I am up against the wall and want them closed and my cell phone numbers... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Feb 17, 2021

An attorney could contact the companies on your behalf and hopefully be taken seriously.

Q: Legality of filming illegal activities as a reporter?

Hi my girlfriend and I plan on starting an investigative journalism based YouTube account. We want to shoot a video called, “A look into the black market cannabis scene.” For this video we plan to interview black market cannabis dealers who work with cartels along with filming their operation.... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 9, 2021

You are safe. They are definitely not!

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Communications Law for Texas on
Q: So long story and dumb on my part. My husband and I are getting divorced. He is dating I messaged the woman.

She didn’t know he was married. No threats or abusive language was used. He tends to lie to I wanted her to know he was married. Again she did not. I apologized for contacting her and assured her I would not bother her. Several hours later she said she was very private and felt unsafe. Again no... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 5, 2021

The fact that she's uncomfortable doesn't mean you did anything wrong. Just leave her alone and don't worry about it.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Communications Law for Michigan on
Q: my husband has a second phone, is there any way I can get the phone company to give me the record?

Everytime i got him to call, he says my wife is listening on speaker too.. so i don't think there going to disclose any info. If its a privacy law Is there a way around it?

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

What information are you seeking? If the phone is in his name, then he has access to his records. Instead of involving the phone company, why does he not just download them and give them to you, or give you online access to those records?

If he is unwilling to cooperate, then you should...
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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Alabama on
Q: a you tube program has published photos of me without my permission, It is illegal? I don't want them to use my image

a you tube program has published photos of me without my permission, It is illegal? I don't want them to use my image

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Jan 6, 2021

We all have a right of privacy, which includes our "right of publicity." However, if your image was taken while you were in a public place, and/or your image was only briefly shown, it will be much harder to assert your claim. Please consult with an IP/privacy attorney to fully assess your rights.

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2 Answers | Asked in Trademark, Communications Law and Identity Theft for Alaska on
Q: If I should change my domain name, would this change be of any damage to my original trademark invention?
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Jan 6, 2021

Please update this question with more information

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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Internet Law on
Q: Can I use the term "humans of" for my social media organization, such as Humans of Cooksville?

Similarly to the Humans of NY but I'm using it for Cooksville, Mississauga. I'll be using it for my social media as a project under my non-for-profit.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 31, 2020

If you're asking from the standpoint of concerns about infringing on someone's (or some company's or organization's) existing right to use those terms with a recognized name or brand, that is something a trademark attorney knows the most about. There's no guarantee that all... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal for an inmate to give you ideas over the phone on what to post on social media to advocate them

Advocating them to get life in prison instead of Death row

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 14, 2020

Generally no, but if those are ideas involve threatening or coercing witnesses/victims, then yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law, Communications Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: i’m 16 and my mom always calls me a problem child. i’m drained trying to b perfect. we disagree on a lot and have a lot

before but i always think we’re past it and she’s very passive aggressive and harps on my relationship constantly and it’s really driving me away from her. i’ve been wanting to move out for a long time now but i’m not sure how to go about leaving. i have a place i can stay but no job yet... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Dec 12, 2020

Until you are 18 your mother makes the rules. You only get one mother so you should show her the ultimate level of respect.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Criminal Law and Internet Law on
Q: My Internet Activity is being heard aloud in the street

The title says it all. Annoying when accessing financial accounts, emails, conversations with family/friends, photos, etc.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 29, 2020

It's possible your internet service provider could help you more with this than an attorney could. You could ask them what measures you could take to enhance your security (password protection for network, log in protocols for sites you use, etc.). They would probably have other suggestions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law and Domestic Violence for Colorado on
Q: Are police required to take a missing persons report if an adult w/ history of mental illness disappears "voluntarily"?

My uncle disappeared. He did leave a message on Facebook saying he was going "off the grid", but that message has also disappeared. Police in Centennial, CO (where he lived) and Denver refuse to report him as a missing person because they say he is an adult who left voluntarily. But the... Read more »

Sean Maye
Sean Maye answered on Nov 25, 2020

First off, I am sorry that you and your family are suffering through this.

As for the law concerning missing persons, you may consult CO Statute 16-2.7-102, which states that "any person with relevant, credible information suggesting that a person is missing MAY make a missing person...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I legally record a motel clerk speaking to me at the front desk in Pennsylvania without getting permission?

Can I legally record a motel clerk speaking to me at the front desk in Pennsylvania without getting permission?

Gregory Scott Greenberg
Gregory Scott Greenberg answered on Nov 22, 2020

It depends on the laws in Pennsylvania and if this place is considered public. For example, in Florida there is a 2 party consent wire tap law. This means in FL, if you want to audio record an individual, you need their consent. Other states, like Georgia, have a 1 party consent law, which would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law and Domestic Violence on
Q: The meaning of your last name first on a title and tag on a car

In Cherokee County al

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 28, 2020

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter in most jurisdictions, the order of names shouldn't be an issue as long as both names are there and lienholders are listed. If you're planning on selling the car soon and have concerns... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can anything be done to a person who has constantly sent me threatening messages through different apps?

I've been sent threatening messages from the same person through different accounts and they have made fake accounts just to be able to send these messages to me. Does it still count towards harassment even though it's fake accounts and names?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Oct 20, 2020

Yes, you may want to consider seeking an Order of Protection against this person. You could also consider calling the non-emergency police line and reporting the harassment. Sometimes a cease and desist letter from an attorney is successful in getting someone to stop messaging. If these options... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Products Liability for Nebraska on
Q: is it illegal to remove an old telecommunications device from your dwelling

if yes what is the law

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 14, 2020

Generally a party can remove property from their own property. Do you own the property or are you renting? Do you own the device or is it owned by a provider, such as DirecTv or another provider? Do you have a contract with such provider that has requirements as to what you are to do when you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: I hired a newborn photographer and the pictures came out horrible I would like a refund. What can I do next.

This started back in July of this year. We went to the photographers address and did the photo shoot. It took her close to a month to send me proofs to select which photos I liked. I would send her several emails asking what the time line of when she would have the photos ready. I would receive a... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Oct 14, 2020

Small claims/conciliation time it seems.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is someone allowed to be recorded without consent in a Discord Server (an internet chat forum) Under CA penal Code 632?

Discord is an online chat space for people who are playing video games. It is privately owned, and has it's own terms of service. Discord itself has a rule about following California's law. However, there is an argument that the chat service is a public space seeing as anyone on the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 11, 2020

Section 632 applies to recording of "confidential communications" which are carried on by means of a telegraph, telephone or other device, which seems to cover everything. However, 632.5 through 632.7 were added in 1968 to include cellular radio telephones and cordless telephones. If... Read more »

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