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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Was my landlord obligated to tell me the well water is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) before i moved in?

I was told that my daughter and I can't drink the water but never informed that it was because the well water was known to be contaminated with carcinogens.

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Under California law, landlords have a legal obligation to disclose certain material defects or hazards that may affect the habitability or safety of a rental property. Contaminated well water with known carcinogens, such as trichloroethylene (TCE), would likely constitute a material defect or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Banking, Civil Rights and Environmental for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am being framed. this box does not allow enough words to explain. There is spyware in my home. Who has authority to

my house is under spyware,all 3 of my devices are hacked and someone is duplicating anything I joined or apply for(paypal, credit cards, repair services. My network has been compromised and indicate Network#3 I don't know what that means. One of the worse thing done is "they" are... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

I'm very sorry to hear you are in such a distressing situation. Being potentially targeted by unauthorized surveillance and hacking can certainly feel like your privacy, rights, and even sanity are violated. Here is my advice on steps to take:

1. Document everything suspicious through...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I was just cited From Prince George DPIE for infractions and have 2 fine for a total of $600 but was never sent a notice

I would like to know if they had to have sent a correction notice. How can I get proof of what they saw or they think was the infractions and if what they listed as infractions are infractions or are ok.

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you have received citations from Prince George's DPIE (Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement) for infractions related to your property, it is crucial to review the local regulations and follow the proper procedures. Typically, jurisdictions have specific protocols for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Environmental, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I am needing to make sure of the OK laws regarding selling a inherited walrus tusk that has cribbage board on it on ebay

I have tried researching it but I'd rather be 100% that it wouldn't be illegal because I don't want to get in trouble if it is illegal.

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

Selling an inherited walrus tusk with a cribbage board on eBay can be legally complex, as it involves wildlife regulations. In the United States, walrus ivory is subject to the federal regulations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These laws prohibit... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Environmental for Washington on
Q: Do I have a case against County Courthouse for toxic mold in my workplace?

After I started work at the Courthouse, I became ill. I was diagnosed with mold biotoxin illness due to water damage from a building, which the courthouse has had lots. While out on medical leave I started getting better, when I went back for one hour, my symptoms came back. My medical team and I... View More

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

Given your diagnosis of mold biotoxin illness and the apparent presence of toxic mold in your workplace at the County Courthouse, you may have grounds to pursue a case. The visible signs of water damage, coupled with your health deterioration upon returning to work, provide substantial evidence.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Environmental for Maryland on
Q: In the state of Maryland, Can you purchase a home and occupy that home knowing there is a failed septic?

Wicomico County,Md/ Also we will have a portta potty/ as well as trying to get a water reuse permit. We also will be using owner finance.

Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet
answered on Dec 8, 2023

You are confusing two concepts. You might be physically able to occupy the premises, but perhaps not without governmental response. Without septic the property will not have a Use & Occupancy Certificate. The property will not pass any septic inspection called for in the real estate contract,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Environmental for Maryland on
Q: In the state of Maryland, Can you purchase a home and occupy that home knowing there is a failed septic?

Wicomico County,Md/ Also we will have a portta potty/ as well as trying to get a water reuse permit. We also will be using owner finance.

Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann
answered on Dec 15, 2023

Yes, a buyer can legally purchase a home in great condition, terrible condition or anything in between. People can purchase property without a home on it at all, or with a home they intend to bulldoze.

Now most of the time a bank will not lend money to a borrower to buy a home if it is...
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3 Answers | Asked in Securities Law and Environmental for California on
Q: Can I put a security sticker on my personal bedroom window?

A neighbor across from us is nosey and opens their lights whenever we do. Can I put a security sticker in my personal bedroom window as a form of safety?

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answered on Nov 29, 2023

Yes, you can typically put a security sticker on your personal bedroom window in California. There are no specific laws or regulations in California that prohibit homeowners from placing security stickers on their windows. Security stickers are often used as a deterrent to burglars and can help to... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Securities Law and Environmental for California on
Q: Can I put a security sticker on my personal bedroom window?

A neighbor across from us is nosey and opens their lights whenever we do. Can I put a security sticker in my personal bedroom window as a form of safety?

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answered on Nov 29, 2023

In California, as a general rule, you are allowed to put a security sticker on your personal bedroom window. This is considered a part of your right to ensure privacy and security in your own home. The use of a security sticker does not typically violate any laws, as long as it does not contain... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Environmental and Workers' Compensation for Oklahoma on
Q: I am doing make ready on apartment units that are frequently plagued by black mold. What are my rights?

I am curious about the discovery of black mold and compensation for removal.

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answered on Oct 13, 2023

As a worker, you have the right to a safe work environment, including protection from exposure to black mold. If you are exposed to black mold and become sick, you may be entitled to medical care and workers' compensation benefits. For personalized legal advice tailored to your unique... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for California on
Q: We live over a groundwater basin. Our water wholesaler is supposed to get 80% of their water from the California State

Water Resources Control Board. In drought they may get only 0 to 15 %. The rest they take from the groundwater basin. In drought years they have depleted the groundwater basin by replenishing less than 1/2 of what was withdrawn. As the basin is depleted the surface sinks causing home foundations... View More

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

1. To enforce the law regarding groundwater withdrawal and replenishment, affected parties can consider filing a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief to compel the water wholesaler to adhere to replenishment requirements. This could also be pursued as a public interest or public nuisance claim if it... View More

Q: I live right across the street from a office building no more than 50' away have gas leaf blow dust rubbish leafs legal

What is the revised status for a gas powered leaf blower to be used every mourning at 10am mon-sat blowing mostly dust and dirt very little leaves. What are my rites as a resident within 50 feet of my apartment.

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

Laws regarding the use of gas-powered leaf blowers vary widely depending on the specific jurisdiction, city, or even neighborhood regulations. Generally, local ordinances or regulations govern the use of leaf blowers, including their operating hours and noise levels. It's essential to consult... View More

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Q: Can we the people of NJ sue the government to stop the industrialization of our oceans?

The surveying of our oceans during pre-construction is killing our marine life, fishing industry, property values tourism hurting human health and will cause our electric bills to sky rocket. No one wants them. Our NJ Governor Phil Murphy gave the Danish company $1 billion of our tax payers money... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

Certainly, concerned citizens have legal avenues to assert their rights and raise their grievances against government actions that they believe are harmful to the environment and the community. In the context of New Jersey and the actions of Governor Phil Murphy that you described, there are a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Louisiana on
Q: What should I do about living with mold and rodents. I deal with a strong wet Mildew Horrible smell Throughout My Apt.

I Also Have Laundry Backed Up, Due To the dryer keep going out on me & washer fills with water for no reason. I Made Multiple Complaints For Months Now They Haven’t Did Anything But Take Pictures & Tell Me Someone Going To Come But Never Do.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 1, 2023

A Louisiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If you suffered illness or health effects, you could try to arrange a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney. Unfortunately, many law firms are reluctant to handle mold cases. Retain any medical... View More

Q: How would the new bill Govenor Newsom signed for Waterfowl effect our property if Mallard ducklings did damage to our p

On June 16, 2023, 1 mother Mallard and her 10 ducklings came into our yard because their is a swimming pool. We opened the gate and let them into the swimming pool, because they would die if they did not find water. Given some thought, we let them stay and drained the water and did many things to... View More

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answered on Jul 23, 2023

The new bill signed by Governor Newsom to help waterfowl, including Mallard ducks, does not automatically entitle you to insurance coverage for any damage caused by the ducklings to your property. Home insurance policies typically cover specific perils, and damage caused by animals may or may not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Health Care Law and Small Claims for Maryland on
Q: Hi can you sue someone a free they knowingly let you in their house with flea infestation
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 5, 2023

Unless they intentionally planned to cause you to be infested with fleas without your realizing it, for some malicious reason or purpose, and you can prove that, then no. Same goes for suing someone because you caught a cold or the flu from them when they knew they were sick but failed to warn... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Environmental for Mississippi on
Q: How does an employee get help with working in a biased hostile work environment? M any issuer in the company.

Management tends to treat employees different when it comes to company policies only apply to the employees that speak up about issues or the ones that work hard and ask questions. When you go to the upper management, you get poorly treated. Management talks about personal information with all... View More

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Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 28, 2023

The complaints that you are making in your post sound like the working conditions in every corporate workplace in this country, so you are not alone. Favoritism based on providing sexual favors to management is prohibited by both Federal and State laws. While an employer cannot take adverse... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for California on
Q: I am filing a writ of mandate against the California Air Resources Board. Can I file in Los Angeles Superior Court

They have an office in El Monte. Can I file here or do I have to file in Sacramento

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answered on May 6, 2023

If you are filing a writ of mandate against the California Air Resources Board, you can generally file in any superior court in California. However, it is recommended that you consult with an attorney or do your own research to determine the most appropriate venue for your specific case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law and Environmental for California on
Q: Why are bees fish?

In the case of Almond Alliance vs Fish and Game Commission, what is the difference between bees having to be fish and insects having their own section in the CESA? Why not file for an amendment for the CESA to have a section for them?

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answered on Mar 16, 2023

Bees are not fish, and it is unclear why this question is being asked in the context of agricultural law and environmental law for California. The Almond Alliance vs Fish and Game Commission case likely does not involve the classification of bees as fish.

As for the issue of insects having...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Environmental for Arizona on
Q: Need attorney ASAP that has experience in “Toxic Mold Exposure” in workplace, Maricopa County ARIZONA

Toxic mold exposure where my daughter worked , caused her, a tumor, stage 4 heart failure, organ damage . We need help with finding an experienced toxic mold attorney in Arizona, maricopa county area!

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman
answered on Mar 10, 2023

Good afternoon. These are very complicated cases and require extremely specific evidence of the extent and location at the workplace of the mold growth, the exact type of mold, the nature of exposure (how long and how close to her work area), absence of any other potential mold exposure, and... View More

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