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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Florida on
Q: Is this worth sueing?

I bought an item on letgo that was labeled like new condition. It doesn't work and after bringing to a shop they said it was opened and reassembled manually. Not only that they also said the item does not work so they confirmed it. The seller will not respond to chat about refund. I lost 80 dollars... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 14, 2019

The decision is yours to make, but sometimes it comes down to a matter of how much time something going to cost to pursue. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Consumer Law and Copyright for Florida on
Q: If you break the terms of service of Google Play Store (concerning Android), and further, Apple (concerning iphone)...

If you break the terms of service of Apple or Google Play Store, and it specifically states in the terms of service,

"If you break any term of this agreement, your right under this license automatically terminates without notice to you",

does that mean that you can never use your... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Oct 14, 2019

This is not a legal question. Moreover, while lawyers are very intelligent and highly trained professionals--we are not soothsayers; nor do we do crystal balls. Therefore, I am constrained by a fundamental law of the universe (no one can foretell the future) and unable to opine on your current... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Michigan on
Q: A contractor was paid 147k to repair my home after a fire it is literally falling apart he refuses to return

My cieling is falling in carpet coming up doors have fallen off the hinges leaks in plumbing electrical problems just to name a few

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Oct 14, 2019

Is your home habitable? I suggest you obtain an estimate to repair what the contractor failed or refused to repair. Then, seek legal counsel.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Small Claims for California on
Q: Car i was driving Repoed it was clearly marked disabled placard left me stranded with no means my wallet in the car

This is not my car. SoI had sheriff call and thats when we found out it was 9 am in morning I called to explain that I just need my wallet and things and they refused told me to come to yard at 4:30 pm I am disabled and sick that there was no way to get to yard or home or any place safe that they... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 13, 2019

Being disabled is not a defense to having your car repossessed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Indiana on
Q: Eviction is a mess
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 11, 2019

Part of your question might have gotten left off in uploading. If you could repost with additional details (do not include personal information), that might enable an Indiana attorney to meaningfully assess the matter. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Missouri on
Q: What can be done concerning a garnishment for a debt that you don't owe & the original garnishment was orderd 3-2012?

When researching a friends finances, I discovered that a garnishment in April 2018, was the second attempt to collect a debt that had been purchased sometime prior to November 2011, when the first garnishment order was filed for.

When questioning my friend concerning the information that I... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Oct 10, 2019

Missouri judgments are valid for 10 years and may be revived for additional 10-year periods.

A garnishment was issued because a judgment was entered. A money judgment requires service of process. If your friend was not served, then she should hire an attorney familiar with process of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Consumer Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Who do I talk to about a realastate agency suing me, for properties they never fixed, while I lived there?

All Pro, the company I rented from for 7 years, never fixed anything that would break down. I moved from their in August, waiting and thinking I'd get some of my deposite back. Now that the home needs painting and carpet, they want me to pay for it, after I've already replaced many things like... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Oct 10, 2019

You would want to talk to a civil litigation attorney who is experienced in landlord tenant and collection defense. Or, you might consider filing bankruptcy, since it might be cheaper than defending the suit.

As to the merits of your case, you would probably need to have good proof that the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Formation and Intellectual Property for Georgia on
Q: Do I need to file a patent for a mixture of different food ingredient/ready to be mixed stored in a bag or container

This is not a supplement. This is for a type recipe that calls for a mixture of different food components. The idea behind this is to eliminate the prep steps of combining all the separate components. With this, the user will have one single container, that will contain all the necessary items to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 9, 2019

You could add Patents as one of your categories. Your question could have a better chance of being seen by a patent attorney. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Florida on
Q: My car was repo on Sunday why the dealership I bought the car from but I have been paying this finance copy for 2 year

but the dealership say they havent been paid in 2 years.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Oct 9, 2019

You will have to hire a lawyer to investigate all the facts and help you recover your car.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: Adverse Possession ? 1/11/2006 foreclosed 6/2006, knew not a thing about it and they sold it 3/2015. Does this meet it

Said they served my daughter 1/11/06, Forecosed on 6/2006. Knew nothing until 3//2015. 3/2015 Friend told me my home was being sold. 1/2005 home next door was 100% destoyed by water damage. The bank knew for a fact where I was living.

My daughter stated in court papers she was never... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Oct 8, 2019

I'm sure you are anxious for an answer but a real answer to your situation would best be sought by having an attorney review all the documents and facts related to your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Michigan on
Q: Married woman resident of Missouri try to check in local motel against Missouri law?

Married couple with three kids resident could not check in because of prostitution law

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Oct 7, 2019

This discussion board is for consumer law in the state of Michigan, under Michigan law. Your question is about Missouri, and should be answered by someone who is licensed as an attorney in Missouri for Missouri law. I recommend you re-post your question to a discussion board for Missouri law.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: I'm having a new house being built by Schumacher. the driveway & sidewalk cracked a few days. they want fix it.

I haven't taken possession of my house or even had my first walk through. we have not even made our last payment. I live next door so i watched all of this and informed them. They said they are not going to fix it. Are they responsible to give us what we paid for. we did not pay for a cracked... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Oct 6, 2019

Some cracking in the driveway and sidewalks occur, but it seems odd that it would occur so soon in your concrete. If you still have funds left to pay, I would have the driveway and sidewalk inspected before making any further payment. Make sure you use a reputable expert in concrete issues, not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for West Virginia on
Q: Issue with electric provider

My electric provider states that I added the incorrect payment information and therefore is denying me the ability to correct my incorrect payment information, will not allow me to pay by phone, and is only giving me the option of paying in person. Do I have any legal recourse? Also there is a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 6, 2019

I'm sorry for your ordeal with your electric bill. The Public Service Commission of West Virginia oversees public utilities - electric, gas, water, etc. Maybe you could contact them and ask if there is anything they could do to help.

Their website is: http://www.psc.state.wv.us/...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Virginia on
Q: Another do I pay?

Was told I had zero balance and given copy of invoice showing total due 0.00

They say it was a mistake. Do I pay?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 4, 2019

A Virginia attorney could advise best here, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, entities, whether they be banks, stores, or other parties to a contract generally have the right to reconcile errors that result in windfalls to the other side. Ethically, the law is also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for California on
Q: Can you please confirm if my interpretation of the BPC code for unlicensed subcontractors is correct:

A licensed contractor sent unlicensed tile installers, (1099 employees, not W-2 employees), to install our kitchen floor. The job was $1,500 plus materials. He claims that since they were "employees," and covered under their workmans comp, they did not need to be licensed. Is this true?

James Alan Greer
James Alan Greer answered on Oct 4, 2019

Homeowner With Question On Licensure: Your thinking about licensed subcontractors is mostly correct (nicely done !). A contractor or subcontractor may perform ANY TYPE OF WORK without a license so long as the whole of the work is LESS THAN $500.00 (the "PennySaver" advertisement type of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Can a sue a dealership for doing paper work wrong causing registration to skyrocket...making payments late to finance,

Also plates are diff than ones on paperwork

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 4, 2019

It's possible you could. If you consulted with a California attorney, a major consideration will be the cost of the excessive registration fees, late finance fees, etc., and how they would compare to the litigation costs of pursuing them. Another option could be to first explore if the dealership... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: Our Super charges a months rent to renters, he thinks no one knows. How can we stop this and there be justice

No one will talk except among themselves

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Oct 3, 2019

If you are the landlord and employ the super, you may consider terminating the super's employment. If you are already a tenant, you can refuse to pay an unauthorized charge or bring the issue to the landlord's attention.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Small Claims and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: My friend stored my wedding dress at her house. I have asked her for it back. She says she never had anything. Help!

This happened in Colorado, I now live in Kansas. I've asked to have a friend come by and pick up the dress. She says she never had anything. Can I sue her for the amount of the dress or the dress back?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 2, 2019

Such a case could be difficult without some form of proof. A judge/jury would look at your assertion and the other side's denial, and not have a means of deciding the matter without some evidence to support your position. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: Took my vehicle to a body shop to help color changed o

Took my vehicle to a body shop to help color changed on rally stripe down the center blackout on rims and some minor bodTook my vehicle to a body shop to help color changed on rally stripe down the center blackout on rims and some minor body work dropped off March 30th the it was still at shop over... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 1, 2019

Just about any attorney could write the letter you describe. I don't know what kind of working relationship you have with the shop, but it's possible that it could be more practical to simply contact them yourself in a less confrontational manner and ask them what is causing the delay and where the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Texas on
Q: I used to have bad credit, but over the years they have dropped off and now I have a good credit score.

I recently received a letter from the court about two credit cards that I had defaulted in the past. They are not even on my credit report anymore. Should I still go to court? I called the court and was told the judge is cleaning up his books not sure what that means.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Oct 1, 2019

Take the letter to a lawyer for a consultation.

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