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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Wisconsin on
Q: internet law, trademark law and intellectual property law. Can you help for me?

I registered a domain. Facebook sent me a letter not to do anything with the domain. This domain now belongs to Facebook

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answered on Feb 27, 2024

If you've registered a domain and received a letter from Facebook claiming the domain now belongs to them, it’s likely because they believe your domain infringes on their trademark rights. Trademark law protects brands and trademarks from use that could cause confusion among consumers about... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Public Benefits for Wisconsin on
Q: I live in Wisconsin and just my kids receive badgercare. Am I exempt from wage garnishment?
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answered on Jan 18, 2024

In Wisconsin, BadgerCare, which is the state's Medicaid program, provides health care coverage to eligible individuals and families. While BadgerCare itself does not necessarily exempt someone from wage garnishment, the rules regarding wage garnishment generally fall under federal and state... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I ordered from a legitimate online business out of FL. I never got my product and they won't refund me or respond to me.

I ordered a product last year worth $2000 from Big Daddy Unlimited Outdoors, which they said was back ordered. Waited 4 months for it before cancelling and requesting a refund. After many calls and emails waiting for my refund they stopped all communication. I've filed many complaints and... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

Showing up in person at a store with proof of the refund you’re owed may not guarantee that they will provide you with a refund, especially if the business is in bankruptcy proceedings. Retail staff may not have the authority or ability to process refunds for online orders, especially those... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Family Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Wisconsin on
Q: My bro. buried w/no marker. Cemetery says I have to put up marker. Bro. is POS. I will not do it. Who is responsible?
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answered on Aug 9, 2023

In Wisconsin, the responsibility for placing a marker on a burial plot often falls on the family of the deceased. While cemeteries may encourage or require markers to be placed for identification and maintenance purposes, it is generally the family's decision whether to do so. If you choose... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Collections for Wisconsin on
Q: What is the best approach to negotiate with a collection agency after garnishments have been issued?
J. David Krekeler
J. David Krekeler
answered on Jun 3, 2023

A: There is no single best approach to negotiating with a collection agency. How you proceed will depend upon the facts and circumstances.

But there are some basic considerations. Always start with goals. what are you hoping to accomplish? What is it that your opponent wants? Perhaps more...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Collections for Wisconsin on
Q: What is the best approach to negotiate with a collection agency after garnishments have been issued?
J. David Krekeler
J. David Krekeler
answered on Jun 3, 2023

There is no single best approach to negotiating with a collection agency. How you proceed will depend upon the facts and circumstances.

But there are some basic considerations. Always start with goals. what are you hoping to accomplish? What is it that your opponent wants? Perhaps more...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law and Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: We're my rights violated under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and if so do I have any recourse?

I consented to a consumer report background check at my employer when up for promotion. An old active arrest warrant was discovered on the check. The employer did not notify me of the issue directly and instead contacted local law enforcement who then came looking for me. I do not believe the... View More

Bart Kaspero
Bart Kaspero
answered on Apr 3, 2023

The situation you have shared is very concerning and may very well be a violation of employment background check compliance (such as through the Fair Credit Reporting Act) as well as a number of related obligations imposed on employers who order criminal history information reports from third... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Health Care Law for Wisconsin on
Q: can walgreens legally sell a skin cream lotion that contains enough thc to cause a positive drug test ? milwaukee wi
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 21, 2023

Yes, Walgreens can sell skin lotion that contains THC.

It is widely believed that topical skin creams containing THC will not cause a positive drug test for many very good reasons but there is no definitive research on this issue.

People who are about to undergo a drug screen for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Land Use & Zoning for Wisconsin on
Q: Powere company came to trim trees, took half my tree, and left. Is there anything I can do about it? Vandalism charges?

They are offering to take the tree but not grind the stump out, is there an obligation to actually fix the issue

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 20, 2022

A Wisconsin attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Electric utilities nationwide have broad authority when it comes to protecting and maintaining their transmission infrastructure, including removing trees and other hazards that could ice, bring down cables, and... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a collection firm charge a 6% interest on a court order amount
J. David Krekeler
J. David Krekeler
answered on Apr 25, 2022

Maybe, but probably not. You are apparently in Wisconsin, and you refer to “a court order amount.”

If by this you mean a judgment, then the rate is set by Wisconsin statutes. The judgment interest rate applicable to civil actions is 1% plus the prime interest rate in effect on January...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: Is there a class action for use of the OGX Shampoos/Conditioner irritating the scalp & making hair fall in WI also?

I have been using the OGX products on my hair. I have a variety of them that I use. I have been wondering why my scalp is itchy and why I am losing hair. It clogs up my vacuum, that is how much hair I’ve been losing. I also have seen clumps in the shower. And every time I brush or comb my hair,... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 2, 2021

A Wisconsin attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. One option is to go online and research firms handling cases for the products you mention and contact them to determine the current disposition of whether they are still handling cases. Firms that handle... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: How to handle a company that failed to complete contract and their loan company seeking payments?

Hired a company to remodel bath/tub area. They put in wrong materials, wrong (cheap) hardware, total sloppy job. We had local manager come in, he said they have to tear out and start from scratch. Then we never heard from them again. Multiple phone calls to salesman/manager/corporate HQ have gone... View More

Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey
answered on May 18, 2021

It sounds like you may have claims against the contractor - and defenses on the loan. It will be based (in part) on some additional facts and the contents of any written documents you signed. I suggest contacting a Wisconsin consumer lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your rights and options.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Car Accidents for Wisconsin on
Q: WI Stat 779.415(1g)(a)(a) Does this mean tow is $100 max and storage $10 per day max?
Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey
answered on Mar 1, 2021

Without more facts, it is difficult to answer your question. The statute has different application depending on the type of the vehicle, and other facts surrounding the vehicle.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Consumer Law and Probate for Wisconsin on
Q: Mom passed away June 2020 with only $300 in her checking & a car loan.

She had a car loan that was upside down. It has been repossesed already. The bank is saying we (me & my 2 brothers) will owe the difference of what they get at auction & what she owed. None of us were on the loan with her, it was solely hers. Do we actually have to pay that? Keep in mind... View More

Thomas B. Burton
Thomas B. Burton
answered on Nov 18, 2020

The good news about death, is that the debts of the decedent die with them. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Any debts she owed at her death would be owed by her estate. So if she only had $300 total to her name and that is the total amount in her estate, this is the limit of what... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Company has '90 Day Comfort & Satisfaction Guarantee. Could a customer get a full refund within 90 day?

Should the company list the full details of the guarantee?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 9, 2020

A Wisconsin attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a month. As a GENERAL matter, it might depend on what the rest of the terms of the guarantee outline as remedies for a consumer in the event of less-than-full satisfaction. Since Wisconsin law could govern consumer... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Identity Theft and Immigration Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Will this affect my green card application?

My friend from China scammed me. He said his business is legit and he asked me to collect payments and send it to him. My bank closed my accounts because of it and deducted money to my other accounts to send the money back to people who marked me as fraud. Will this affect my application to get a... View More

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Jun 27, 2020

Yes!

If this just happened, a Federal investigation may be pending. If you spoke to Federal Officers, then you may be subject to further action in criminal court. This will delay any action and may even result in detention and deportation.

I strongly recommend an appointment with a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Banking for Wisconsin on
Q: I'm having consumer protection issues

I filed a report with Federal Consumer Protection Bureau

Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey
answered on Mar 26, 2020

I would need more details to be able to assist you. I recommend looking for a consumer lawyer that offers free consultations and calling them up for advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Civil Litigation for Wisconsin on
Q: Do I have any grounds to seek legal action?

August 30th, while unconscious from Epilepsy medication, traveling Chicago to St.Paul on a Megabus, I was sexually assaulted by the passenger seated next to me. When I awoke to what was happening to me, I alerted the bus driver who I was seated directly behind. he did not respond or make any... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 15, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal, and for the ensuing frustration in trying to contact attorneys. Your post remains open for two weeks, and seems to have been cut off at the end. You could try to contact Wisconsin personal injury attorneys here on this site if you didn't have luck in your... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Who's responsible for the repairs after a home has been closed? How many days do you have to cancel the sale of a home ?
Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo
answered on Feb 22, 2020

In New York? None unless possibly bringing an equitable action based on fraud and concealment. I wouldn’t count on it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: when do you own something you buy from a store

for example if you buy a bottle of syrup from Target when is that bottle of syrup legally yours

Michael Doland
Michael Doland
answered on Dec 24, 2019

This must be a trick question or extreme boredom. The product is yours when you pay the money and get a receipt.

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