California Consumer Law Questions & Answers

Q: In CA can bondsmen revoke bail later if they all of a sudden want another cosighner?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Criminal Law for California on
Answered on May 19, 2019
William John Light's answer
You, or an attorney, would have to read the bonding agreement. It may allow for revocation of the bond in certain circumstances.

Q: Is it legal to negotiate a monetary settlement in exchange for not filing criminal misconduct of an attorney?

3 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law, Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on May 16, 2019
Kenneth Sisco's answer
I believe what you are suggesting is the essence of extortion, or blackmail, and you want to stay away from that. But all is not lost. For almost every crime there is a civil counterpart; just ask O.J. Simpson. As far as I know, there is no sanction for demanding compensation, or you will file a civil lawsuit.

Q: I need advice on the course of action I should now take to straighten out a tax issue

3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Tax Law for California on
Answered on May 16, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Use the tab called "Find a Lawyer" at the top of every page here on Justia to find competent experienced business or tax lawyers who might be able to help you. If the tax issue is a federal tax issue you may not need a California lawyer.

Q: Can I sue this auto auction.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on
Answered on May 13, 2019
Scott Richard Kaufman's answer
Sounds like you are correct. Here is a YouTube channel with some thoughts for you:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtIgcjv_Xem4MuFQsWJa4LA

Good luck with it.

Q: Can someone help me not get screwed on a car buy? I have paperwork but no ability to claim ownership.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for California on
Answered on May 9, 2019
Scott Richard Kaufman's answer
Sorry for your issues. NO ONE benefits from a "judgment" against them. This matter, at 3,500 or so, is in small claims court, which takes about 60 days start to finish. IF this seller refuses to "do the right thing" you should take her to small claims court, that judgment, when you (hopefully) win, will damage the seller significantly and perhaps "encourage" seller to make it right?

Q: I got scammed out of 5500$ by an online seller, How to proceed?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Small Claims and White Collar Crime for California on
Answered on May 6, 2019
Scott Richard Kaufman's answer
Sounds like you may have to sue them, which of course could cost way more than the $5500 you are out.

Maybe small claims is your best bet, it's quick, easy and for matters under 10K wherein attorneys are not

allowed at all, well, other than to represent an LLC or a CORP.

Q: I had paint problem on hood of Ford Exp. 17, is the lawsuit still going or it is done, thxs.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Answered on May 3, 2019
Scott Richard Kaufman's answer
Sounds like a nice lemon law case.

Not sure what lawsuit you are referring to unless there is some class action out there?

Good luck with it.

Q: What can we do about a client who received the solution they wanted but has begun to post negative reviews?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Business Law for California on
Answered on May 2, 2019
William John Light's answer
She is entitled to post truthful facts and she is entitled to post her opinion. You are entitled to respond. Unless your contract with her contains a non-disparagement provision, or unless she is lying, there isn't much you can do. Maybe send her a copy of the Traffic Collision Report as proof of the collision that prevented your timely delivery (black out the names, addresses, license plate numbers, etc. of the involved parties for sake of privacy, except for your delivery vehicle)?

Q: Can a person take credit for, promote, and sell paintings as the artist, if a real painter painted their ideas for them?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Answered on Apr 27, 2019
William John Light's answer
Sounds like fraud. Did the "real artist" sign the work? If the works represent someone else's ideas, it sounds like a joint collaboration. More details would be necessary, and probably an inspection of the actual works. Consult an intellectual property attorney.

Q: Is it legal in Arizona for Walmart and other stores to require you to show your receipt and check your bags

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for California on
Answered on Apr 25, 2019
Gary Kollin's answer
Here is an article, a little dated, discussing the matter. There are many videos on youtube regarding it.

Hope this helps. Next time you should turn on your video

https://commons.law.famu.edu/famulawreview/vol4/iss1/2/

Q: At what age can you legally purchase marijuana in California?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Answered on Apr 24, 2019
Gerald Barry Dorfman's answer
21. However, keep in mind that it is still illegal under federal law.

Q: If an item pawned ends up having been reported stolen,but u don't find out til after u go to pay the pawn. The rightful

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law and Contracts for California on
Answered on Apr 23, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Whoever pawned a stolen item is sure to lose the item when the police find out where it is. If the item was reclaimed from the pawn shop before the police came to get it, they will probably go get it from whoever reclaimed it. In short, it makes no sense to pawn any item that you suspect has been stolen. The pawn shops have to keep accurate records.

Q: surplus funds due to be collected.Some attorney lied said i hire her but i dont know this person.I havent seen contract

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Apr 18, 2019
Scott Richard Kaufman's answer
You may want to WRITE to this person to see what is up?

Most (honest) attorneys will respond swiftly with an explanation.

Failure to respond timely may show s/he knows they did

something wrong. Then you may take it to the next level, like

opening up a BAR inquiry?

Q: How do I proceed with signing up for a law apprenticeship in Los Angeles California Are any attorney’s accepting stude

3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Tax Law for California on
Answered on Apr 16, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Although you have mentioned several legal terms commonly used in the legal profession, this is not a legal question; it is a personal question involving education.

You might want to use Google to locate one or more law firms or other places that might offer the kinds of educational services you are looking for.

Q: I was wondering about the carry legalities of Spears in CA. Do I need permits/certification/job necessity to carry them?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Animal / Dog Law and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Answered on Apr 12, 2019
William John Light's answer
Hunting opportunities in this state with a spear and/or atlatl are limited. No big or small game species could legally be taken with one. However, animals that are classified as "non-game" species could be (coyotes, rodents, opossum, etc). You would first need to obtain a hunting license. Confirm with your local Fish and Game Warden, or a local attorney, and consult local city and county ordinances.

See:

Mammal Hunting Regulations, sections 353-354 & 475:...

Q: I've had a RV repair mechanic fixing my RV for appox 16 months.I paid in advance for Services $2700 .

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Apr 9, 2019
William John Light's answer
File a complaint with the Bureau of Automotive Repair.

bar.ca.gov/Consumer/Complaint_Process_and_Form/index.html

Q: I was named in a lawsuit because the gold company I worked for went out of business without fulfilling this customer's o

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Answered on Apr 6, 2019
William John Light's answer
If you have a question, it should be directed towards your attorney.

Q: Do I have a viable claim against the theater or MPAA for negligence not accommodating a class protected by ADA et al?

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Answered on Apr 4, 2019
Dale S. Gribow's answer
much more info needed.

I have never heard of a condition like yours and suspect it is incumbent on YOU to check on films you go to see to be sure there are no scenes that could hurt you.

anyone can sue at any time for anything but I certainly would not accept the case on a contingency...and I don't think you want to pay a lawyer on an hourly.

Q: I took a title loan out on my car in December 2018. My car was registered in Florida and

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Business Law for California on
Answered on Apr 1, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
The title loan company wants to register their lien on the title to your car so that you cannot sell the car without paying off their lien first. Think carefully about what you should do next.

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