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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gaming for California on
Q: I am an advocate for a man who does not hear and is not able to speak. He works in strawberries and has raised a family.

He bought a lottery ticket and was paid $1,000. The rest was later collected by another person. The prize was $1,000,000.00. The lottery says that they have a time limit. How do we go after the person who collected on the ticket?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 3, 2021

more info needed.

why would someone who won $1M wait a long time to collect? does he have a good reason?

you need to find him, make a demand, have proof, and then sue.

however, many lawyers would not take the case on a contingency if they don't feel there is a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law, Personal Injury and Gaming for California on
Q: Chemical burns at Indian casino..how should I proceed?

I was recently can really meet at a California Indian casino when I suffered chemical burns on the back of my legs due to sitting down on a chair that had been treated with the chemicals that they spray to disinfect against Covid. This caused me severe pain and swelling and caused me to go into... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 28, 2021

more info needed.

you may have a case but the complicating factor is you need not only a PI lawyer but one with experience suing Indian tribes

google for local PI lawyers to see if they have this kind of experience.

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for California on
Q: I am playing a game in mobile and spent about almost 60K and being treated unfairly.

I know it’s unconventional but I am paying real big money to a mobile game that is ignoring mine and other players complaints and almost only updating their spending events instead of fixing game issues. I would like to know if there’s a case for me to file against them since I paid a lot of... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Mar 10, 2021

It is impossible to know if there is a case without the facts. Was there any paperwork? When and where did all this happen? If you paid $60,000 it might be penny wise and pound foolish to avoid contacting a lawyer. Many lawyers give an initial, no-obligation consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for California on
Q: Can I sue an app that I have used money on and have gotten nothing in return even though “I’ve won”

I have played 2 separate apps where I have spent money and have not received anything. I have emailed constantly and gotten no response. But I have picture proof I have paid for shipping on one prize that I never got still showing as processing after like 6 months and the other I “won” $100 and... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 25, 2021

Does the word "SCAM" mean anything to you? In order to sue them you have to find them, in this reality, not in the virtual world. You have to haul them into court in the real world. Once you do that, sue them. Meanwhile, stop gambling with real world money on the internet. Oh, BTW-... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for California on
Q: is it legal to bet on a gambling we another person's behalf providing they have given their permission for you to do so
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 15, 2020

Maybe. Your question lacks a certain clarity.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: What's a precedent r/t purchasing in-game items, when $ spent and devs remove items and replace w inferior items?

I purchased an in-game package. After purchasing, developers removed all items purchased and replaced with inferior items, saying original pack was erroneously released. I would not have spent money at all on the inferior items they replaced my purchase with. They have a strict "All sales are... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

Sorry your product did not meet your expectations. This is a consumer/contract law question and the supplier failed to provide the product you contracted for. It sounds like you bought this online, so you must have paid with a CC. You should contact your CC company and create a dispute over the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: If someone sells a fake cheat program (say, for a video game) to a cheater, could they technically sue for false advert?

I was watching a YouTube video where a programmer created a cheat software, but instead of it helping the player cheat, it actually punishes the cheater instead. (I'll post the link below, if you're curious about watching it. Pretty entertaining if you play PUBG)

Someone in the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 21, 2020

more info needed.

however, anyone can sue for anything at any time.

the issue will be that a lawyer is not going to take a civil case like this on a contingency.

if you can get the police involved then they can investigate and the DA could prosecute.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: Suing a game for fraud or getting back my payments!

Hello! I have played a game(Brutal Age) from 2019-01-31 And have spent $45647 on this game!

This game is simply not as advertised. The first 6 to 10 months were great imo. Been down hill for a while now. I’ve found that Chinese players cheated on this game and buy packs 0.1% what normal... Read more »

Jingzhan Wang
Jingzhan Wang answered on Dec 23, 2019

who is the developer of the game? where it's located?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gaming for California on
Q: Property was seized during a search. I was arrested, no charges were filed. How do get my property.

No search warrant was given , detained w out Miranda rights . Personal items taken ,money, ID , family gifts. Damage to my house, and they asked for someone else before entering and searching my home. 8 machines slot machines that where off unplugged not in use in a room no money confescated... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 24, 2019

much more info needed.

there can be legitimate reasons for all of that OR it can all be BS.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Personal Injury for California on
Q: how can we sue two companies named "EA Games" and "evenbalance" ?

Hello!

i am a gamer who plays Video games day by day.

recently i got banned by an anti cheat Company called punkbuster without any using of cheats.

while i have payed 180 $ for my game.(*** Note : i accept the price is small but it's not only me who is involved... two... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 26, 2019

Small Claims, at best.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Gaming for California on
Q: If I am forced to work more than 6 hours before getting my lunch break in California is that illegal?

It was recently brought to my attention that California law demands a lunch before hitting the sixth hour unless agreed upon by both parties. I have never "agreed" to work more than that without my lunch it was told to me that was the expectation. I have been working like this for most of... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 20, 2019

In California, a non-exempt employee is entitled to a reasonable opportunity to take a 30-minute, off-the-clock, uninterrupted and duty free meal period any time they work more than 5 hours in a shift. That meal period should be provided before the beginning of the 6th hour. If you work only 6... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gaming and Social Security for California on
Q: Will they find out I’m underage by matching my real ssn to my fake California ID?

Hit poker jackpot for $1300. I am underage and used fake id with all my real information to claim jackpot money. Used my real ssn on w2g form. Will I get caught that I’m underage? Can they tell I’m underage with my ssn? What should I do next.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 27, 2018

more info needed.

it would be speculation on my part since i handle DUI and Accidents.

maybe contact a local lawyer that deals with this issue.

your appearance would be more of a tip off than SSN

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Copyright and Gaming for California on
Q: How would I go about obtaining ownership of this trademark?

I have interest in potentially claiming this trademark for the purposes of licensing it to video game developers. What steps would I need to take to obtain ownership?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 19, 2018

If you're looking for input from a trademark attorney, the question might be more likely to be picked up by posting it in the Trademark section.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Gaming, Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Making money from video games in public places.

Hello,

I want to make some arcade like machines and then put those in public places where kids can drop some coins in and play. but here's the problem, the games that I would like to run on those machines are not actual arcade games, those are games released for the gaming consoles... Read more »

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Jun 24, 2018

The owners of the legal rights of those games would probably not take kindly to you infringing on those rights and profiting from it. Their rights are enforceable internationally. Your best bet is to reach out to the owners and ask for permission to do this.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Gaming for California on
Q: Can a bar in ca offer pre packaged marajuana items from a legal dispensary as prizes in a skill game machine
Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman answered on Jun 24, 2018

I don't know the answer, but I would guess that it depends on 1) the skill game machine; 2) whether the sate where the Bar is allows the sale of marijuana; and 3) whether the Bar allows such a prize to be given to a minor. That's the best I can do.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Gaming and Internet Law for California on
Q: Can I force Sony to delete my personal data in messages on their system?

The PlayStation messenger system does not have a means to delete already sent messages. PlayStation support refused to delete my messages containing personal data during a chat request. Their EULA/privacy documentation seems vague and doesn't quite explain this as far as I could understand it,... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 12, 2018

Your personal data, in all likelihood, belongs to Sony. As a result, you are asking if there is a way to force Sony to delete its own property, which you consented to it giving to it. I doubt that is possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: I want to know if I can sue a mobile game app.

I believe the game uses deceptive practices to confuse and trick players into purchasing things that seem like a good buy but in reality it almost always a terrible buy. They usually show a box containing like 10 items and they tell you that you have a random chamce at one of the items. But... Read more »

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Apr 3, 2018

The beauty (and more often, the detriment) of our American legal system is that anyone can sue somebody for anything -- the more pertinent question to ask here is: Do I have a *legitimate* lawsuit against this mobile developer for their allegedly unfair/deceptive business practices? To that, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: I own a gaming website that blogs and reviews to promote gaming companies.

My question would be am I allowed to take my own in-game screenshots and use these images on my websites to avoid copyright infringements or violations? I have scoured the internet to find a reasonable and safe way to use images from big game titles. If this is not allowed are there any way... Read more »

Carrie A. Ward
Carrie A. Ward answered on Mar 27, 2018

You will need permission from the gaming companies to use images of their game that you are using in a promotional context. Taking screenshots from your own game and then using them for commercial purposes is not advisable.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Gaming for California on
Q: Question about "Customer Appreciation Giveaways"

I am a small business owner and sell a product for $150 which my customers are very happy to get. If I wanted to (without any additional purchase required) do a Customer Appreciation Giveaway to 3 out of every 200 customers of mine, would I be breaking any laws? As far as I can tell since I would... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Dec 22, 2017

Just avoiding the use of the words “raffle” and “sweepstakes” doesn’t help your situation one way or the other. The law would look at the way the contest operates. If people have to buy something in order to get a chance to win, it’s generally considered a lottery, which only the state... Read more »

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