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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Environmental for California on
Q: Do hotels have to follow certain level certain guidelines How they handle big emergencies? I feel i am being wronged.

I just cant get up and leave so easily. I've been at hotel for a year. I have a few things in my hotel room that will take me several trips to relocate. Its not just my luggage and lets go. Hotel knows my bathroom been leaking and their maintenace guy quit they barely got a new guy. Now the pipe... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 17, 2019

much more info needed.

is there some kind of lease?

if you feel you have been wronged consider small claims where you can sue for up to $10k.

this may be more of a policy issue than legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Employment Law for California on
Q: Wage garnishment ques: statute of limitations? Judgement entered 2011. Credit Card co wrote off debt, sold to firm.

Credit card balance $11k, Midland Funding now owns the acct. They buy updaid debt accts that have been written off.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 16, 2019

Judgments are good for 10 years, and can be renewed every 10 years thereafter. Code of Civil Procedure sections 683.110 through 683.220.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for California on
Q: Hi, I went to a Honda dealer ship told them we did not want the add on and alarm but still got charged for it.

We told the financier that we did not want the optional add-on and he said we couldn't do anything about it that it was already on the car and he made us sign. We told him we did not want the alarm but still came out on the contract that he charged us for it. I got home and I read that the add-on... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on Sep 11, 2019

Read this list: https://consumerwiki.dca.ca.gov/wiki/index.php/Consumer_Transactions_With_Statutory_Contract_Cancellation_Rights

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Products Liability for California on
Q: I got sick from a vaping cartridge that I was told cannot be fake because it came perfectly packaged. today I found

on an online search their packaging for sale along with brand new unfilled cartridges. did they make me sick or did they sell their packaging on the black market? i suspect a supply chain insecurity.

My Question is are they liable?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 11, 2019

Unclear why you think that product was counterfeit. Plenty of people get sick from genuine vaping products.

As to whether they are liable, who is "they" and liable for what? You don't state what your injury is, whether you needed medical attention, or will continue to need medical...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: I filed a verified complaint with LA superior courts on 9.3.19

. I found two errors after the fact, i.e , 1 paragraph, the defendant was accidentally named plaintiff and another paragraph states in part "plantiff had never received from X party" It should read "other" party. Will this effect verified complaint? Do i need to amend?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 8, 2019

No one can predict whether or how errors in the complaint will affect your case. If a jury thinks that the errors are material, it can affect your credibility, since you swore that the complaint was true.

You can file an amended verified complaint once, as a matter of right (no court...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Banking for California on
Q: I live in CA, father left CD's in NJ bank in trust of my brother and I, the NJ bank is requiring I travel to NJ to get $

I live in California, my father lived and died in New Jersey. My father had certificates of deposit he left in trust to both my brother an me. My brother is also the executor of my fathers estate and lives in New Jersey. The bank is refusing to release the funds to me or my brother unless I... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 7, 2019

You should talk to an attorney in NJ.

5 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: I had a check returned and the small business is threatening to put my wife's and my picture on the wall. can i Sue?

i have txt message saying if you dont pay i will put pictures on wall of you.

can i sue for defamation why is he posting my wifes picture and also mine.

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 5, 2019

Sue for what? Slander?

Truth is an absolute defense

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: I noticed that my local 99 cents chain store charges $.99999 for items, rounding up to $1, plus tax. Is this legal?

In other words, they charge $1 for a $.99 items, adding hidden $.01 charge to each item.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 2, 2019

Walk away if it's too much money. It's not illegal.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Construction Law for California on
Q: Is general contractor in breach of contract? What should I do- he's insisting on payment bu appears to have abandoned me

12 HI contracts with 1 GC 10 paid in full due to how progress payments worded Only 3 HIC completed 65% work don 85% of total balance paid Arranging financing for 1/2 of 15% left but now have preliminary lien notice from subcontractor & want to hold back 10% of total balance until resolved & all... Read more »

James Alan Greer
James Alan Greer answered on Aug 30, 2019

Dear Owner Requesting Advice on Retention Payment issue: While I am adept at advising owners in a construction setting, your question as stated is probably not capable of reply in this limited forum until more information is obtained. Critically, an attorney would definitely need to review the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: have banks munipulated the price of silver?
Adam Savett
Adam Savett answered on Aug 30, 2019

Yes, depending on what form of silver you are discussing and on what markets.

There have been guilty pleas from individual traders:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-precious-metals-trader-pleads-guilty-attempted-commodities-price-manipulation...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: how binding is an exclusive listing agreement in california
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 29, 2019

FYI: Most written contracts are intentionally written because the parties want the contract to be "binding."

There is no such thing as a "partially binding" contract-- unless there is a term in it that says it is "partially binding." I hope that clears things up for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Small Claims and Banking for California on
Q: Hello. Amazon made a mistake and sent the money that was supposed to be refunded to me to a bank in Brazil.

I used a credit card that is no longer active to make a purchase. Some time later I needed to return the item and contacted Amazon to see if I could have my refund routed to another car. They proposed to send the money (1.300.00) to a gift card.

I asked for them to guarantee it would not be... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 29, 2019

Small Claims is a good option for a $1,300 claim. Or you could contact the credit card company to find out what it can do about the money that was refunded to your card that is "not active". Unclear what that means, by the way. Is it a card you don't use, or a card that you formally closed the... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Foreclosure and Business Law for California on
Q: Sold gas station due to bankruptcy but lawyer may be taking advantage of a senior citizen. What to do?

My dad sold his gas station about a year ago (as it was in bankruptcy). He had to go through the court system to negotiate a deal with the buyer and was asked to pay a portion of the funds to lenders to pay off debt owed. He would still be left over with a good amount of money (close to $70k+). To... Read more »

Bahram Madaen
Bahram Madaen answered on Aug 26, 2019

Please contact the State Bar and file a complaint.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Hey so I was wondering if companies are required to stick to their policies regarding refunds

They are in the state of California. I'm speaking about Sony Playstation. They have a return policy on games which they aren't keeping true to since they told me I cannot have a refund when they clearly state that there is an exception to faulty games.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 22, 2019

You can sue in Small Claims court for breach of contract and breach of warranty if you think the game is faulty. It will cost you about $175 in filing and service fees. But if you win, the defendant can be ordered to pay that plus refund the cost of the game.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Who is responsible for late/penalty fees from dmv at the time of sale? Or after the sale?

At the dmv i found out there was a $900 balance owed for penalty fees due to not being registered for 2 years. The seller says it's my truck now and i bought it "as is"

Do i have to pay the $900 to get the truck in my name? Oh and there is an illegal 2019 sticker on the plate...

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 18, 2019

"Penalties may be waived upon payment of the registration fees due when a transferee (including a dealer) applies for transfer and it is determined that the registration penalties accrued prior to the transferee’s date of purchase and the transferee was not aware that the registration fees for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: Out first & ONLY attempt to release <in hand> absolute, binding proof, Staff + Exec Credit Union Corruption/Fraud/Kiting

Question is: who wants it? This won't even make it to arbitration, it's gonna be handcuffs for at least 3 High-ranking executives, down to scrub(s) that open account in July 2017.

As the CIO stated, "you can have as many sub-accounts as you want" Apparently I have several and I'm the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 15, 2019

Sounds like a criminal or regulatory matter. The National Credit Union Administration is the independent federal agency that regulates, charters and supervises federal credit unions. You can submit a complaint to it here: complaint.mycreditunion.gov/CAC/CommunityLogin

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for California on
Q: How would I go about making a motion to vacate a judgement renewal in lodi ca?

This judgement is almost 10 years old come sept and they have filed a renewal of judgement. I haven't heard from these people in over 9 years at least. It wasnt on my credit or anything and now they have gone form 2100 to 9000 in jidgement request. How do I get this stopped?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 11, 2019

You don't. They are entitled to renew every 10 years. If you want out from underneath the Judgment, pay it, negotiate a settlement, or file for bankruptcy.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for California on
Q: Can Reverse Mortgage Distributions be garnished by general creditors?

Distribution is a single payment after refi

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 7, 2019

Which question do you want us to answer?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Need to get power chair from one facility to another can I be denied the right to go and get it
William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 7, 2019

This doesn't make a lot of sense. You can buy a power chair from whatever facility you want, if that is what you are asking. If your question is whether you can use the power chair of one store to drive to another store, the answer is no. That would be theft. The power chairs are for customers... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Consumer Law for California on
Q: Can I send someone to collections if they have a lien? Charge interest and fees?

I am a Doctor in SF, CA.

I have a granted a lien to a patient and her attorney 3 years ago.

The attorney and client stopped communication with me recently for no reason.

Can I send this account to collections even though they have a lien?

If so can I charge interest... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 6, 2019

You are entitled to reasonable updates on the status of the claim. If you aren't getting that, file suit against the attorney and client for breach of contract. You are entitled to pre-judgment interest in a lawsuit. As far as a collection matter, before lawsuit, you would be limited to whatever... Read more »

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