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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Contracts, Copyright and Criminal Law for California on
Q: If I reveal that I saved sensitive info my boss wanted gone, what are the legal ramifications?

I may or may not have a copy of sensitive information (I work in security) which my boss asked me to delete completely. If I reveal publicly that I have this information, what should I expect to happen from a legal standpoint?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 25, 2021

more info is needed.

I suspect you had a Federal job and signed an agreement when employed, that you don't want to violate.

I am not a Federal Criminal Lawyer, but I would bet that disclosing the info would be a criminal offense, and could lead to your arrest and prosecution....
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can my ex roommate sue me?

my roommate wants to take me to court for rent. So as far as i know when you pay rent it's for the upcoming month right? Well i paid at the end of June which means i paid to stay in the apartment in July. And in August i moved out and got my name off the lease. I did let them know in the... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Sep 21, 2021

Generally you would pay for the upcoming month, yes. Obviously every contract can be different though, so it would depend on when you originally paid and what the deal was. What does the tenant agreement say? When does the specific month-to-month start/stop? (oftentimes it's the first of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: When is it possible to get out of or dissolve a signed contract?

I only lived in an apartment for 1 day before deciding to move out. I signed the contract regarding security deposits but I think it's unfair that I don't get at least a portion of it back because I lived there for such a short amount. Additionally, the house owner breached verbal... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Sep 21, 2021

If you signed the lease for the month and there was no official foul play, then you are committed to paying for the month, regardless of how long you decided to live in the apartment. The landlord has committed that month and has no duty to replace your monthly contract.

In regards to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Gov & Administrative Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: What to do If my old landlord violates/breach of court orderd contract from his obligations to give me good reference

I have multiple recorded violations/breach of contract from x-landlord.I obtain them from homeowners/property managers who were considering me for tendency but was turned down because of my x landlords malicious/false bad referrals which he was court ordered not to give. I'm homeless/living in... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Sep 21, 2021

There's several pieces to this. First off, you mention that he was "court-ordered not to give", which would imply there's already been a case and judgment on him in regards to his recorded breaches prior to you moving out? If so, then the discussion would be on your issue... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: So I did some work on a boat and the lady didn't pay the full Bill she gave me a portion and told me that's all I get

I have pictures witnesses of the whole ordeal

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 13, 2021

Vessel repairs could create the basis for a maritime lien. You could reach out to a California attorney to review the matter to determine what the best course of action would be. In some cases, such matters are handled as contract actions under state law. An attorney who reviewed the file should be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Insurance Defense and Small Claims for California on
Q: If loaner company knew I had a nonowners insurance policy does that mean they are held liable for any damage done tocar

They didn’t offer additional coverage, knew I had nonowners & loaned a vehicle. Vehicle was damaged & nonowner policy won’t cover it saying they should’ve never let me drive away with it. Am I responsible for the damages to the car? Or are they because of negligent entrustment?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 11, 2021

Normally "negligent entrustment" is when someone entrusts property to a third person who then injures you. Claiming to be the incompetent person to whom the property was entrusted is an interesting legal theory but it may not fly in court. You don't say how the car was damaged.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for California on
Q: Hello so I recently bought a puppy from a foundation and a week later returned him because I couldn’t keep it anymore

The contract I signed doesn’t say anything about not getting my money back. The lady in charge of the refunds says she can’t refund me the money back. Can I sue her?

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Sep 21, 2021

As my colleague points out, this case would turn on what the company's policy and contract states about refunds. You're not entitled to one just because you want to return it. Some states do require a 3 day refund for "buyer's remorse", but a week later would not qualify... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for California on
Q: I co-signed a carlease and the person who drives it has missed a payment. Can I take the car away from them?

I go-signed on a lease to help a friend. They have been driving it for one year and I was just notified on my credit that they missed a payment. Can I go take the car the continue the payments

Aaron Michael Lloyd
Aaron Michael Lloyd answered on Aug 16, 2021

Who is the vehicle registered to? Do you want out of the lease entirely or do you want to stay on the lease and just get them to make the payments on time? I would suggest to schedule a phone consultation in order to discuss this further and examine your best options.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: If a consulting contract was breached by the client seriously, do I need a ruling to determine it is material?

A client five years ago not only breached a contract by refusing to pay a significant portion of invoices, but also failed to honor several terms such as patenting the work himself without credit or consideration, was destructive to several professional relationships, caused distress, and more.... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 14, 2021

Check statute of limitations.

Depending on how long the contract has been paused, that may be a termination of the contract.

Consult with an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Should I respond to an old client who had not paid invoices and just resurfaced offering to pay? Or best via a lawyer?

This was a startup company. The president was a very difficult scheming person to deal with. He paid the majority of my invoices to him early but later on in the relationship did not, and when I ceased work irately criticized me. He claimed he did not have the money to pay me but paid patent... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Aug 14, 2021

You say it's 5 years later. in California, you have 4 years to enforce (i.e. sue on) a breach of written contract. Since you did not sue him within the statute of limitations, you have no legal way to collect. So if he's offering to pay you, take the money and run. You can spend money... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Contracts for California on
Q: How can I create a Partnership Agreement for our start up company.

I am creating a Limited liability Partnership Agreement for a start up business. I need help with jurisdiction and whether or not the sum of 500 dollars a month is in line with federal minimum wage laws.In addition to what the value of cash is insofar as the establishment, development and branding... Read more »

Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
Shawn R. Jackson Esq. answered on Aug 9, 2021

As you probably already know, the basis for any successful business is a clear and cogent "agreement" between the founding members or partners. In an LLC or an LLP, such "agreement" would be embraced within an Operating Agreement ... which outlines management responsibilities... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Collections for California on
Q: I am a consulting engineer and have a client with a nearly 40000 debt. We have a contract but he isn't paying. Input?

This person has paid about 40% of multiple other invoices over multiple years of off and on consulting from 2016-2019. His payments became less frequent and consistent. He repeatedly promises to pay then does not. This debt is under a contract and is now about two years old. I have attempted... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Aug 6, 2021

You need to decide, right now, if this justifies the expense of hiring a lawyer. Time is your enemy. The longer you wait you might lose the right to sue. Go see a lawyer or 2 and see what you will need to spend, and discuss whether a judgment in your favor will be collectable.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Consumer Law for California on
Q: Can a person who sells her auctioneer services conduct business and hold auctions if the company isn't bonded by the sos

If she cannot legally provide or sell her services to another because she isn't properly bonded, then wouldn't any auctions she's held be illegal to do and void any contracts between her and the buyers of said illegal (fraudulent) auctions?

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Jul 30, 2021

This sounds like a matter of government regulation. That would be between her and state licensing agency. She will likely face a fine. It should not affect the validity of the auction sales.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Personal Injury and Banking for California on
Q: My checking account was cleared by the bank of nearly $9,000.00 for a debt that is not mine. The bank will not return $.

Debt belongs to ex husband. Debt was granted and incurred post divorce by 2 years. Divorced 2015, his alleged debt was applied for in 2017 and (per the ex) . Both myself and my ex have tried prior to this to remove his name from the account but WF gave us a terrible time and couldn’t figure it... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Jul 26, 2021

You need to call and speak to a lawyer right away. This is not something you can resolve by posting on this forum. You will likely need to hire an attorney to have this resolved.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Can a court sign my name on a inter-spousal deed?

My home burned down in a fire, I am a joint tenant on the deed with my ex we had a post judgment in 2011 that we remained together after.

We never signed anything, he never submitted his financial or declaration of disclosure. We paid off both loans with first proceeds agreeing to split... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene answered on Jul 22, 2021

Your question is a little hard to answer with the information provided. You should sit down in person (or by phone) with an attorney for a consultation where they can dive in deeper and get more facts. That should give you a good idea of what your options are. I would do this right away in case you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: 4th amendment violation by orange county sheriff's department several times after probation ended in 2012

I've been pulled over multiple times since 2012 being told I'm on probation, I'm on search and seizure and then go to jail for new cases . Now finding out orbeing told by the public defender who called over to the courts who confirmed I've been off probation (this is at central... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jul 9, 2021

more info needed.

most defendants know how long probation is going to be OR they call their lawyer to find out.

you were in front of the judge when s/he sentenced you and before that, your lawyer told you what the sentence would be if you pled.......AND you probably signed a paper...
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Q: What document should I use for my blog?

It would be great to have a document for guest writers, regular contributors, and anyone that submits anything to my site (written or media) to allow me and my website to publish their name and work on the site. What kind of document do I need? A consent form, an agreement, or something with a... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jul 5, 2021

You need a contract where they license or give you the rights to their content.

Consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Contracts for California on
Q: My father n law gifted me a car now has taken it away from me I have no bill of sale

I do have 2 witnesses and now no car

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on Jun 30, 2021

A gift is a gift. Without title it may be hard to prove and obviously suing within family is rarely a good thing. Good luck with it...

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Appeals / Appellate Law for California on
Q: I received part of the settlement and the attorney has yet to get a hold of me what do I do?

My house burnt down my husband got an attorney they even worked with me into getting a settlement. My husband signed a paper saying that I was to get part of the settlement that his attorneys made him sign. And he already got paid his settlement I have tried to get ahold of the attorneys they will... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Jun 27, 2021

I would send the law firm a letter by certified mail (so you can prove they received it) saying both your lawyer and you have called the firm on multiple occasions, yet never received a response. Then say something like: this is your final notice that I want the settlement money owed to me and, if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Consumer Law for California on
Q: Can a dealership sell me a car with no title and had me pay to have smog passed fraudulently?

I bought a used car from a dealership 6 months ago. I received the temporary registration application from dealer and registration application says I need to get the car smogged. I go to a local smog check and the car fails due to the Cadillac converter being tampered with(serial #’s were... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Jun 25, 2021

no, a dealer cannot sell you a vehicle without having title or having it smogged. You need to speak with an auto fraud attorney that will review all your paperwork and facts in detail and go over your options.

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