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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can a private school terminate a students SEVIS for nonpayment.

Can a private school terminate a students SEVIS for nonpayment. A friend of mine who's an international student (F-1) has been having financial issues due to coronavirus, he asked for more time to make the last payment but the school has been threatening him that they would not let him join their... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Mar 28, 2020

You can access Studyinthestates.dhs.gov to view all of the reasons that can be used to terminate your registration with SEVIS.

You will note that school suspension is one of the reasons that can be used.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for District of Columbia on
Q: Possible malpractice suit?

I have been under Invisalign treatment for two years now with 2 different dentists ($4500). When I started, I was told I was a great candidate. I had an underbite and a bad midline (still do). After a couple of months into treatment, my job transferred me, so I transferred my case to another... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 25, 2020

A Washington D.C. attorney would be best qualified to advise, but your post remains open for three weeks. As a general matter, it could depend on whether a jury felt that there was a breach of a duty of a medical/dental standard of care. It seems like it would be a complex and difficult case... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for District of Columbia on
Q: We need to file for bankruptcy can you help?
Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell answered on Feb 26, 2020

Yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for District of Columbia on
Q: Are there any copyright or trademark issues in using "There's no place like home" in the headline of an advertisement?

Thank you for your answer. This advertisement is for a university and recruiting purposes.

Robyn T. Williams
Robyn T. Williams answered on Feb 11, 2020

Such phraseology falls under trademarks. Whether your use of "there is no place like home" for an advertisement will be problematic, depends on the products for which you are advertising. There are 15 live registrations in the USPTO with the phrase, or some variation thereof, in use. If you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for District of Columbia on
Q: hello my mom passed in 2007 there was probate court now 11 years later my nephew is living in the house

he put his name on the deed even tho i am pretty sure i an next hier can i get the home back

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Feb 7, 2020

Nobody can “put” himself and herself on a deed without the signature of at least one legal owners. It sounds like it is possible that you and your siblings inherited the house as tenants and common and then one of them either deeded his or her share to his or her child or is simply allowing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for District of Columbia on
Q: My Aunt passed away 4 years ago in Washington D.C. She was not married, nor did she have children.

My Aunt passed away 4 years ago in Washington D.C. She was not married, nor did she have children. Her Estate has not been probated because she did not have a Will. She does have several bank accounts with a large amount of money. All other family is out of state, and we realize the complications... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 3, 2020

No. Some family member or other interested party must petition to open an estate and be appointed Personal Representative, and all other heirs at law notified of the proceedings. The petitioner need not be a DC resident, but could retain local counsel to act as agent and guide them through the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: What is the law regarding a moving company holding your items until you pay their demand for more money?

I hired a moving company to relocate my items in Seattle to DC. They are now claiming that my storage until which only held a capacity of 400 cu ft took up 425 cu ft of their trailer and that they have to transfer my items to a shuttle because the semi currently carrying my items is too big to go... Read more »

Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell answered on Jan 21, 2020

Well, I think you should call a lawyer and see what he can do. It's going to cost, but probably less than the $853.00. If the lawyer can't work something out, if you want your property back you may have to pay now and sue later...if you have a legal grounds to sue. It all depends on whats in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for District of Columbia on
Q: How long can house withhold action from senate after voting for it before it is illegal?

The process for the house is complete and only needs deliver to senate to begin their process. Is it illegal for them to withhold this action, especially for political gain.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 20, 2019

This isn't a question for this forum. I'm sure it relates to current events and you can find the answer there.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for District of Columbia on
Q: As a citizen can you petition to have someone tried for treason?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 14, 2019

No. Treason is aiding and abetting another state actor to carry out war against his country of citizenship. It is narrowly defined, and only the US government can bring charges try someone for treason against the US.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I was physically assaulted by a metro bus driver, the case went to trial, the driver was found guilty, sentenced 1 year

metro wants to settle. on what basis can I get compensation?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 14, 2019

You have a claim against both the WMATA employee for assault, as well as WMATA itself based on vicarious liability for their employee’s actions, common carrier liability, and negligent hiring and supervision, among other possible theories. Those causes of action are the basis on which you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Foreclosure for District of Columbia on
Q: Can the plaintiff's reopen a foreclosure civil case after summary judgment

This is after the case was closed and after the defendant is filed a 7 bankruptcy. DC, the plaintiff has requested a 60-day continuance

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 11, 2019

If the defendant has filed bankruptcy and listed that debt, all action on it is stayed unless relief is given by the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law and Contracts for District of Columbia on
Q: Agreeing to a company ToS (like Amazon) gives it the right to own funds and not belong to them

Amazon holds billions of dollars of merchants whose funds have been frozen due to a ToS violation. In fact, it is their unethical way of making interest-free money and using it at will. Any solution

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 19, 2019

Wow.

Is your name Jeff Bezos? Or perhaps you work for Amazon in a very high-level operations position?

If not then please tell us (1) where you got this unbelievable information and (2) what your reason is for publishing this unbelievable information publicly here on Justia?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Gov & Administrative Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Is there guidance on relying on citing caselaw that is current but that is now on appeal?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 8, 2019

I cite such cases and denote that they are on appeal. Opposing counsel is likely to know the disposition of any of the cases you contemplate using anyway; take that as a given. It's best to be forthright. Not mentioning a case's status as being on appeal is not likely to fool anyone, and if it does... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for District of Columbia on
Q: I had a truck use it’s air horn in a shopping center while my 2 month old daughter was across the street being fed.

Which agency would I be able to file a complaint against the company and driver. I am not sure that level of horn should be legal in that environment and am hoping there will be no lasting damage to my daughters hearing

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 1, 2019

I hope your daughter is okay. The EPA might be a place to request direction here. Noise is addressed in a number of statutes, and some of these are on the local government level. The Noise Control Act of 1972 addresses exposure to noise for the public at large and one of its stated goals is to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I sue a storage company for losing my items?

I am a student in the UK and during the summer I usually store my personal belongings in student storage here because they are cheap and effective. This year, however, I have been returned two out of the three items that I have placed in their custody, the third and last remaining item I had been... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 16, 2019

First look at the terms of your agreement. It's possible that they have provisions that outline the remedies of a customer. As a general matter, such agreements sometimes limit the forum to arbitration, or if they do accept civil suit, the venue is limited to the courts of a certain county, or the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for District of Columbia on
Q: is there case law that supports reducing attorney's fees based on lost counts of a summary judgment?

Example: Defendant motions for summary judgment for 3 counts (fraud, breach of k, and negligence)after 1 year of litigation.The court rules in defendants favor for 2 of the 3 counts, ultimately after 1 more year of litigation the court finds for the Plaintiff on the remaining count and they award... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 8, 2019

No, but the amount of fees must be reasonable, and an argument can be made that the time and billing associated with the lost counts were not reasonable since the claims were rejected; therefore, some adjustment is appropriate. In the end, the amount of fees are left to the “sound judgment “ of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for District of Columbia on
Q: Estate Representative. One beneficiary is in federal prison. What is DC Probate law for distribution of money?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Oct 4, 2019

Being in prison doesn’t disqualify someone from an inheritance unless they killed their benefactor.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Any way to become legal?

I voluntarily departure in 2014 for 3 simple possessions of marijuana. I am married with a u.s citizen for 10 years with 3 kids I am wondering is there any waiver to help me out I came right back as soon as I got to my country

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 12, 2019

yes..it appears you would be a successful prospect for a waiver, but more facts would be needed to know. Discuss your case in private with counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Appeals / Appellate Law for District of Columbia on
Q: For this case what statutory interpretation is demonstrated?

what kind of law is used and how would you define the statutory interpretation used?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 10, 2019

It's possible part of your post was left off. As a general matter, statutory interpretation is essentially what the definition suggests - the operation of a court interpreting legislation. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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