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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Antitrust and Securities Law for Wisconsin on

Q: I was never served the summons and I missed the first court appearance. Can I counter for abuse of process?

I suspected they would file because their attorney's sent me bills to collect, but a summons nor complaint never came. I looked it up on WCCA and saw it today. Summons was filed on 6-17-19. I still haven't received it, but the commissioner adjourned for publication on 7-11-19. Attempted service... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 15, 2019

This is not a securities law question.

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Q: Seeking advise about getting a vehicle replaced

I am writing for my daughter that lives ion Verona. She took her 2018 Hyundai Tuscon to a Chevy dealership for an oil change, as part of a benefit fund raiser. The service staff at the Chevy dealership left the oil drain plug not fully tightened resulting in it falling out and the oil draining,... Read more »

Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Jun 13, 2019

She has several different potential options; and accepting their offer doesn't sound like it makes her whole. I would suggest she contact a consumer lawyer in Wisconsin. They should offer her a free consultation where they can explain her rights and options. Many of them also take cases like this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Banking for Wisconsin on

Q: I received a check from Computershare/kcc Clark vs Gannett co. Inc

seems to be a class action settlement but I don't recall filing a claim, is it a scam or legit? Case no 16-CH-06603. Everything I could find about this class action settlement is dated in 2016 or 2017 so I'm not sure why I received a check today (04/22/2019)

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 23, 2019

Despite what you have been reading about, and hearing on the radio and TV, or talking about with friends down at the local pub, not everything strange that is happening to good people is a "scam." Unless the class action distribution check you received is for several hundred thousand dollars you... Read more »

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Q: I got food poisoning from a restaurant salad bar. Shouldn't the restaurant pay for my medical expenses?

Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 28, 2018

Some restaurants will pay. Some will ask for proof, as in the form of an ER visit or doctor visit. Some will contest your claim that their food made you sick.

Tim Akpinar

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Q: Is it possible to dispute my credit report? Something about it is wrong, there must be a mistake. What should I do?

Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Aug 30, 2018

You certainly have a right to dispute the incorrect information under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The credit reporting agency (and the company putting the incorrect information on), must investigate your dispute and get back to you in 30 days. Contact a Wisconsin consumer lawyer and get a free... Read more »

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Q: How much time must a creditor give to a debtor to cure a default?

Nathan DeLadurantey answered on May 22, 2018

15 days.

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Q: Any possibility of jail for making a $5000 purchase with my debit card with $25 in the account. I have overdraft protect

What if i make a $1,000,000 purchase and it lets me can i go to jail?

Nathan DeLadurantey answered on May 22, 2018

No, you won't go to jail. Because if your card/bank authorizes the transaction, you'll then owe the bank all that money. They'll freeze your accounts and probably sue you for the money. Don't be stupid; don't do it.

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Q: Is it legal for a credit card company to close my account?

Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Mar 30, 2018

Depends on the reason they're closing it. Did they explain why?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Wisconsin on

Q: What do I do If I believe my vehicle was repossessed illegally

My vehicle was recently repossessed, and I didn't receive a notice to cure debt . Now I'm told that I have to pay late fee's ,past due balance of $100, and a $299 fee in order to retrieve my vehicle.

Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Feb 9, 2018

You may have a case for an "illegal repossession" and be entitled to get the vehicle back -- AND return of all the money you paid on the car. Contact a local consumer lawyer that specializes in repossession cases and request a free consultation.

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Q: Is it a good idea to opt out of a class action settlement notice you get in the mail?

Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Jan 24, 2018

You really need to talk with a lawyer about that, before making a decision. It will turn on the nature of the class and the type/strength of individual claims you have.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Civil Rights for Wisconsin on

Q: Merchandise bought and shipped from USA, force to return to China for refund?

I bought A drone from a company that has 2 US warehouses, but the main headquarters are in China. I bought the drone from the California Warehouse with US Currency and had it shipped to me in the US. The drone was defective and I was asked to ship my drone to Guangdong China for a refund. They said... Read more »

Jingzhan Wang answered on Jan 14, 2018

you can ask for compensation for shipping back to China

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Wisconsin on

Q: I bought a used car off of craig's list that turned out to be a disaster -- do lemon laws still apply?

Gordon Leech answered on Dec 20, 2017

Wisconsin's lemon law does not apply to the purchase of used car. However, Wisconsin does have remedies available to consumers that buy used cars based on affirmative misrepresentations by the seller, both private parties and car dealers. There may also be warranty claims if you purchased a... Read more »

Q: Misrepresentation

The bank ordered an appraisal of the home we purchased a few months ago and it appraised higher than the asking price. We purchased in Janesville.

We have an emergency and we needed to borrow against our homes equity and we had our home appraised. The appraisal can in much lower than we... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq. answered on Dec 1, 2017

More information is needed to evaluate the facts in your inquiry. Appraisals are subjective. So it is unsurprising there are different opinions about the value of the home. This is not fraud (misrepresentation is a synonym). It may be negligence. More information is needed to see how negligent the... Read more »

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Q: please help below TIME RUNS OUT out thursday - ALL PAPERS are DUE into court BY THIS FRIDAY !! the 1st of December 2017

In a civil credit card sold debt lawsuit in a circuit court WI law my question is Defendant me filed a production of documents for proof, but the Plaintiff responded objections to each & every listed to produce THE problem IS ALL MOTIONS ARE DUE BY this FRIDAY 2 DAYS, Is there a motion or to end... Read more »

Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Nov 29, 2017

You need to call a consumer lawyer and get some help. They should offer you a free consultation.

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Q: I'm worried about buying a lemon -- what tips do you have for buying used cars in Wisconsin?

Gordon Leech answered on Oct 4, 2017

Buying a used car can be scary, especially if you are not familiar with signs of prior accident damage and repair and mechanical issues. I wrote blog posting on my website discussing some strategies that you my find informative. Here is a link:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Personal Injury for Wisconsin on

Q: Hotel liability

Hello. I’m from Houston, TX and I just bought a car in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While I was spending the night in a motel, my brand new car was damaged by the hotels shuttle bus driver.

The damage was underneath the driver's side rear bumper and I didn’t notice it until later on.... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq. answered on Sep 6, 2017

You should the hotel for the name of its insurance company. You can then contact the insurer and make a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on

Q: Question on ordering a 3ft 3in adult love doll.


I have a embarrassing question really. I dont have luck with women and am looking to buy an adult love doll, but I cannot afford a full size one. I have found a smaller one, 3ft 3in that I could manage for price. I just want to make sure I wont be breaking any laws for ordering... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 31, 2017

You raise an interesting question--wether such a doll could be considered kiddie porn. If so possessing it would be unlawful. Maybe talk to a counselor on what your issues are--realistically, most guys want the sizzle without the effort to make themselves attractive, or they expect someone way... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on

Q: Can a company or business make you sign any paperwork with out fully reading it first.

They said they will tell us the main points and sign the paperwork right away and you can read the rest later after already signing the paperwork. They also said if anyone makes an ordeal over it they will take stuff away like the use of headphones and that.

Michael Edwards answered on Aug 22, 2017

You might possible have a case as this company seems to have forced you to sign under duress, but this may not be an especially strong case. It is important to understand that under normal conditions when you record your signature on the contract, you will be bound to the terms of the contract. It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on

Q: Store is closed for internet service is down. provider says they don't have enough techs. No service for days. lawsuit?

Internet provider says they may not be out until next week. I have business class internet. They keep saying they will try to get someone out right away but they never do. I keep calling every 2 hrs. I was given a ticket number for an expedited service but it hasn't happened yet. The internet is... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq. answered on Jul 13, 2017

The short answer is yes. The provider has breached its contract with your business and, as a result, your business is losing money. That is actionable in court.

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