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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for California on
Q: Can I sue California for having fluoride in the water? Fluoride is a neurotoxin and does not help teeth at all.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 2, 2019

There has been legal activity in this area, involving the EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act. You could look into the current disposition of the matter. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Ohio on
Q: I turn 18 in January, I'm still in school. Can I move out of my parents house?

I'm 17 and turn 18 in January. I finished all of the requirements to graduate my junior in high school and decided to go to college my senior year, which my high school pays for. I have a decent job and I have a car. My parents say I can't move out until I graduate high school. I'm absolutely... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 1, 2019

You need an Ohio attorney who is familiar with Family Law/Juvenile Law issues to see your question. There are sections here for that. The Environmental category is for things like oil spills or groundwater contamination; that's probably why no one saw your question for a week. You could repost.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Mississippi on
Q: Can I force george county ms to fix my driveway due to rain water constantly erroding it

I live in george county ms my drive way gets constantly washed away every heavy rain due to the fact the county road is poorly designed and the water from the road has nowhere to go they have no drainage or ditches in place im tired of spending money having it repaired just for it to be wash down... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 23, 2019

I previously answered this question. It had been posted twice, the other time in a different category. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental on
Q: i am a teen and dont look at classify ?

my mommys name is Cristina pyper and she lives with us because her and her boyfriend broke up and now she lives with us because she has no where to live we dont have a lot of money to get her one i just want to see my mommy happy in a home so can you help us please

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 15, 2019

I'm sorry for your difficult situation. This may not really a legal matter, but one of figuring out if your family could receive assistance. For public housing, look into: https://www.hud.gov/states/tennessee/working/localpo/pih

For general financial assistance, look into:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Louisiana on
Q: I am located in Shreveport, Louisiana. My apartment complex has been without hot water for a week now. what can i do?

I have looked up general information on this, and i read somewhere that landlords are supposed to treat this as an emergency. They only have people out here working form 8-5 Monday through Friday. No one was here on the weekend, nor working after 5 on the weekdays. It is getting cold outside and we... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 31, 2019

You want to post this in the Landlord -Tenant section. You need the input of a L-T attorney, not an environmental attorney. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Environmental and Federal Crimes for Connecticut on
Q: Is the reticulated python legal in ct, I'm curious because they messed up in the scientific name of the animal?

In the document stated by the DEEP, they state multiple animals that are a illegal to keep in ct. I'm very concerned about this legality because they did not write the correct scientific name for the animal. I wonder about this legality because the same thing had happened with the burmese python... Read more »

Max Lavit Rosenberg
Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

They are definitely not legal in Connecticut to own as pets. The DEP has made sure to include this reptile in the language of their code. Under the new regs, animals are listed in four categories. Category one requires the owner to have a permit. Categories 2,3, and 4 are just not legal.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Kansas on
Q: Am I responsible for water draining downhill from my bkyard to his bkyard when I water my lawn? More below:

My house is at the top of an incline, and his is at the bottom of it. He has now filed a police report against me and plans to file with the Environmental Protection Agency. I do not feel that I am over watering my yard. I am nearly 70 y/o, retired, and only on SS income. Any suggestions or advice... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 27, 2019

Use less water and don't apply until the point that water starts draining onto your neighbor's yard. Tell your neighbor you'll take measures to prevent water draining into his yard. Tell him you'll work with him and ask him to let you know if you reach the point of water running into his yard when... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Environmental, Internet Law and Mergers & Acquisitions for Maryland on
Q: I have been traumatized due to a situation where my spouse and I hippa rights have been violated by the news station .

We have a big lawsuit that needs to be resolved sooner than later I have contacted a lawyer but she is way to expensive. She said I have a very big lawsuit and definitely been traumatized . this is something that will follow our life living here in our town. We only want justice and to live without... Read more »

Joseph D. Allen
Joseph D. Allen answered on Oct 18, 2019

There is no private cause of action for a HIPAA violation- in other words, an individual may not sue for damages based solely on such a violation. However, the Maryland Confidentiality of Medical Records Act does allow a person to sue for recovery of actual damages. It is possible that the same... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Health Care Law and Landlord - Tenant for Indiana on
Q: How do I go about getting information about how to get my landlord to spray for cockroaches in my house with out evicted

Without being evicted is what I meant to say

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 9, 2019

You would get the most meaningful input here from an Indiana attorney who knows landlord-tenant law. But your question remains open for four weeks and you include Environmental/Health Care as categories. If your apprehension about disturbing your landlord is based on a fear of creating expense, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for California on
Q: Can the government divert a river onto a small branch of the river?

With pilings and levies and dirt with tamerisks growing on them raised up mounds is how the river was diverted onto an old branch of the river. Now river is concentrated onto and runs on the branch which was smaller but now river is widened at least ten times old river and branch

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 27, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has considerable authority in its work involving flood protection and the maintenance of public waterways. If you contacted them, it's possible they could advise about the specific legislative authority relied upon for such projects. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: Is a rusted barbed wire fence surrounding a private golf course built prior to this ordinance remain legal?

The Ohio club has failed to maintain the barbed wire and it is now falling off the fences and is completely rusted. Our housing complex, which abuts the course, has repeatedly asked for its removal. We are obviously concerned about the danger to children and pets from both the barbs and rust.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 23, 2019

Talk to the club, the local building department, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the facts and advise of your options.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Environmental for California on
Q: Do hotels have to follow certain level certain guidelines How they handle big emergencies? I feel i am being wronged.

I just cant get up and leave so easily. I've been at hotel for a year. I have a few things in my hotel room that will take me several trips to relocate. Its not just my luggage and lets go. Hotel knows my bathroom been leaking and their maintenace guy quit they barely got a new guy. Now the pipe... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 17, 2019

much more info needed.

is there some kind of lease?

if you feel you have been wronged consider small claims where you can sue for up to $10k.

this may be more of a policy issue than legal.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Environmental for Rhode Island on
Q: How do I get permission to walk on Open Space to preserve a grave?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 16, 2019

Speak to the Cemetery owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental on
Q: Is a tree cutting permit a leagal document? The manicapality has lost all my documents I have submitted, what do I do??

It has personal info on it like address full name email and phone numbers, I was going to pick it up to change one sentence in the document as requested and they emailed me to let me know they have lost it.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 1, 2019

Yes, it could be considered a legal document, maybe not in the sense of a summons and complaint or other court documents, but it is a document that has legal effect. It gives the holder authority to conduct tree removal operations. If you retained copies for your records, you could resubmit your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Environmental, Health Care Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Renting in Ohio, landlord did not disclose mouse infestation and mold before leasing. Can I break my lease early?

Been dealing with mouse infestation since moving in to house in November 2019. Landlord admits to issues x 12 years with pest control and bait stations around the house to keep "in-check" however we continue to catch mice in regular traps and have droppings in drawers and on the floor. I have to... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Aug 21, 2019

Likely, yes. As part of the landlord tenant act, landlords must do the following: (1) Comply with the requirements of all applicable building, housing, health, and safety codes that materially affect health and safety; (2) Make all repairs and do whatever is reasonably necessary to put and keep the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Environmental for New York on
Q: I had my furnace replaced in Feb of 2019. It was never installed properly, I'm now getting the run-around, what to do?

My husband knew something wasn't right with the install, we had them come over several times as our humidity was was out of control. Every time a tech came over, they insisted that all we needed was to spend thousands more to get a whole home dehumidifier. One time they were at my home inspecting... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Aug 20, 2019

If there is a warranty, make a claim. You can also do a small claims case for the damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Environmental for Indiana on
Q: Is it unlawful to place church invitations on doors in Indianapolis Indiana?

We are not selling anything, but rather just inviting others to our church services and or events... such as a free carnival for the entire community.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 16, 2019

In the past, it would have been no big deal. However, some communities and associations have rules prohibiting flyers, brochures, or similar materials. It could be worthwhile to confirm there are no local rules against it. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Environmental and Insurance Bad Faith for Ohio on
Q: If a neighbor did major work next to your property line to run storm water pipes on to your property should you be told

And to find out the neighbor had been plotting this move for over a year after the head of soil and conservation advised neighbor not to block the watercourse THATS been their for 100+ years so the neighbor gets a permit to put in a WMSC and now we are getting all of the pollutions from the... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Aug 15, 2019

Your neighbor cannot alter the course of the natural flow of water onto your property. The permits and zoning do not determine whether he has a right to adversely effect your property. You have rights that should be enforced through a complaint for trespass and request for mandatory injunctive... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Environmental for Mississippi on
Q: Can you be a victim and a suspect in the same case
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 10, 2019

Yes, this can happen in a countless number of settings. Since your question is in the Environmental category, here is an illustration of how the scenario you describe might materialize. A crew member of the deck department of a ship is on navigational watch as the ship transits a channel. He... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Environmental for Pennsylvania on
Q: Are there any fines associated with an open or lidless dumpster?
Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Aug 2, 2019

You don't say who issued you a fine, whether a fine was issued or where the dumpster was located. My guess is that if your local township issued the fine, you need to contact them to find out what the rules are regarding lids on dumpsters.

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