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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: What are my rights if I ordered an item from an online retailer and received a more expensive item instead?

They discovered their error, asked for it back, and are now invoicing me for the difference.

It appears to fall under the "unordered merchandise" clause on the FTC website but want to clarify as technically I did order a different item and was sent something more expensive in... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on Aug 5, 2020

One need not be an attorney to know the answer to this.

You ordered an item and you are entitled to that order and they are entitled to payment.

They sent you the wrong order. you either pay for it and keep it or you send it back and get a refund.

You are not entitled to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Q: I'm curious if I have any legal options to reclaim my deleted podcast from Spotify/Anchor or hold them accountable?

The company deleted my show with no explanation and I no longer have access to the platform to recover my content and redirect my show. I'm wondering what can be done here?

Joshua D. Brysk
Joshua D. Brysk answered on Aug 4, 2020

The first step is to determine the reason for the deletions. There is a factual question to answer. Did they identify a breach of the terms of use? Are they correct? Was it simply an accidental deletion? Is the content recoverable by them, or is it simply lost? Contact their customer service and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Looking for any laws passed on September of 2002? Where do I search?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Jun 24, 2020

You can start your search on the State of California Legislative Information website here:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/home.xhtml

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Internacional Law. Can any legal steps be made in this situation with the company in China?

A week ago I made a purchase of 120 thermometers for my uncle’s clinic in Peru from a company in China. The agent told me the total and arranged the delivery who guaranteed that it would be delivered to the clinic in Peru. A wire transfer was made to their bank in Hong Kong (HSBC) from J.p.... Read more »

Keith Hamilton Fichtelman
Keith Hamilton Fichtelman answered on Jun 17, 2020

There are a few issues here that are going to have a bearing on the answer.

First and foremost, did you have a written contract (even emails back and forth confirming terms) or was this all oral communications? If you have a written contract, those terms would control. Was your contract...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: How would I qualify to receive $5,000? I am a avid user of Google chrome and have used it in incognito mode often
Adam Savett
Adam Savett answered on Jun 8, 2020

This is a brand new case that was just filed last week.

There is no settlement, no judgement, nothing to claim at this point.

Class action cases take time, often 2-5 years from the time they are filed until they are resolved.

And there is no guarantee that the case will be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for California on
Q: User data

I own a .com cosmetics website where users leave their personal information including age range, skin tone and skin concerns (acne, eczema etc) and they have an option to show or hide this information on their public profile. Giving them an option to hide this information is enough not to violate... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on May 30, 2020

So, for me, IF I were thinking about this I'd do two things:

1- I'd "google it" as that info is "out there" almost assuredly;

2- I'd HIRE an attorney to handle, as it should be no more than an hour or two of work

and if the attorney messed...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Internet Law for California on
Q: My aunt was hit by a car and someone posted a video of of her on Snapchat without her consent. Is this illegal in CA?

She was passed out on the ground with life threatening injuries. Can this person be sued for posting this video? Or what legal action can be taken?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 18, 2020

more info needed

was it posted with a comment like looking for ID of driver etc

were pix gruesome?

if aunt was injured ask he accident lawyer who will have all the facts and might consider another charge from the same incident

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: I was on Snapchat and saw a picture of someone I followed. She posted a bikini picture of herself asking if she was thic

I replied with a thumbs up. After realizing what I did, I look up the person and found she is 17 years old. I’m 25 years old. I’m in California and she’s in Florida. Within 5-7 minutes I deleted the message, not sure if it worked, and then blocked her. Have I broken any federal laws or state laws?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 15, 2020

nothing should happen from this............based on limited info given

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Gov & Administrative Law, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Q: Does my employer have rights to the teaching materials I have prepared at home on my own computer and on my own time?

I am an adjunct lecturer at a university in California. My employment status is part time and varies from quarter to quarter. I have evidence that all my teaching materials including lectures, power point slides, quizzes, exams, etc. are readily available for download from a University server.

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Mar 25, 2020

Unfortunately, they might because the materials were created during the scope and course of employment for the purpose why you were hired. You may want to check your employment agreement if you have one because ther usually is a clause regarding the ownership of intellectual property.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: If I lost $90,000 to a Nigerian investment scam. Is there anything I can do to get my money back?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 20, 2020

more info needed.

however, chances are NO............

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Probate for California on
Q: california, can p.o.'s monitor internet browsing aside from social media that was handed over

this is not me but a friend because he thinks he can get into more trouble asking stuff and like watching even youtube videos. basically they have access to his instagram account and stuff. he was considered a gang member with fire arm possesion but hes not 18 yet. yeah hes dumb too lol but i think... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 24, 2020

more info needed.

Suggest to him, that he asks the lawyer who represented him on the underlying case. That lawyer will know all the terms and conditions of the sentence.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Insurance Bad Faith, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: 3 of us are being sued into silence for posting a man's misognistyic words publicly online. What can we do?

3 women are being sued into silence for posting a man's misognistic conversation publicly online when he basically openly says its ok to sexually harass women instead of giving them promotions. He has filed a restraining order against them, even though they haven't publicly talked about... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Dec 25, 2019

Unfortunately this is not the place to solicit an attorney to work for you. You need to immediately locate and retain an attorney to defend yourself against these claims. Any delay in doing so might result in a default being taken against you and you will be prohibited from putting up a defense... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Internet Law for California on
Q: If celeb X talks publicly about how celeb Y is factually mistreating them, can Y sue X for X's fans online behaviour?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 16, 2019

though more info is needed, it is a simple rule that anyone can sue anyone for anything at any time.

the question is will you win and then will you be able to collect.

the biggest issue i suspect is that you will not be able to get a lawyer to accept the case on a contingency....
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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Can a person cc'd in email be responsible for the contents?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 11, 2019

Incomplete hypothetical. Depends on what was written, who wrote it, why it was written, at whose request it was written, and perhaps many other factors. There is no substitute for a detailed evaluation of the facts.

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Identity Theft, Internet Law and Social Security for California on
Q: I was a victim of a Social Security scam. I withdrew 25K in cash and deposited it via bitcoin. Can I get my funds back?

Someone called me pretending to be a Social Security officer and claimed that my SSN was linked to drug trafficking, money laundering, and that there was a warrant out for my arrest. He had an accomplice that spoofed his caller ID to make it look as though he was calling from my local Department.... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 10, 2019

Probably not. Thousands of gullible Americans fall prey to "get rich quick" scams like this every day of the week. If you have the name or any other information about who any of these scammers are--or the names of the banks involved--there are experienced lawyers who can try to trace the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for California on
Q: The website"Getty Images"are selling graphic photographs of my 6yo great-aunt's death from 1951.

Getty Images claims to just be the host(although they are the ones licensing and selling the images) :University of Southern California"image library is the contributor and supposed rights manager.i would be grateful for your help in removing these painful and traumatic images removed as soon... Read more »

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Jun 4, 2019

A good start would be having an attorney draft a simple but effective “cease and desist” letter, accompanied by a DMCA takedown notice to Getty Images. I would be happy to assist. Shoot me an email and we can discuss: jason@altviewlawgroup.com

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Internet Law for California on
Q: I'm a UK Citizen that has never entered Canada before but have a warrant for my arrest

I'm a UK Citizen that has never entered Canada before. I've been contacted and questioned but not charged by Police Scotland due to a warrant being issued for my arrest in Canada involving a dispute with a long distance relationship I had with a female from Canada. I'm not entirely... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jun 1, 2019

This is far too complicated for this forum. Common sense.. if you wish to teavel to Canada and you never have.. then retain counsel

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property, Consumer Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: A Los Angeles based hosting company without warning denied 100k customers access to their intangible personal property.

The company the 100K customers contracted with is called AlphaRacks. AlphaRacks contracted with a company called QuadraNet to provide the actual computer servers. Those two companies have some type of dispute. Without warning on 5/16/19, QuadraNet disconnected access for all of AlphaRacks... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 30, 2019

The only way to solve this problem is to read all the written contracts made between the two warring companies and then read all the contracts made between you and whichever company you had a contractual relationship with. If you think there is a class action hiding in these facts, hire a lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for police to use dispatch records to expose someone when there isn’t a crime committed?

I called dispatch and gave my name. I then created an anonymous email account and contacted city council. A police officer wrote back (CCing the city council) and addressed me by name, which was given to police dispatch. is this legal? I feel that I’ve been targeted unfairly and the officer had... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 16, 2019

Insufficient information to offer any kind of sound advice.

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