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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: I am being texted by my moms neighbor. I used to live there but moved out two years ago. I never have spoken to him.

I don't know how he received my number but he started sending me pictures and messages in a foreign language. I ignored all messages as I assumed they were from a mistaken sender until one day I receive a picture of the cars in front of my moms house. I google the number and we trace it to my... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

I also think a restraining order may be a good idea given what you've shared. Given this is not a close family member, you'll need to speak with an attorney about filing a request for a Civil Harassment Restraining Order. Good luck. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for California on
Q: Have a copyright infringement question? can u help?

received a threatening letter to cease and desist for sharing a photo on facebook... it was a photo of a some mountains...nothing x-rated or of a person.....

I immediately deleted the photo...but received 2nd letter threatening and asking for money or else will go to court......what shall we do?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 17, 2022

Likely a scam. Hard for them to get any money from you if they cannot prove much in the way of damages. Feel free to contact me for some assistance if you still need help.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Hello I am wondering if a lawsuit can be brought against yahoo for strong arming customers into their prem tech suppt.

I called yahoo today about an issue with receiving an email from TIKTOC. I had no trouble getting in my emails on my cell phone or desktop computer at all and use it daily. After speaking to the Agent I was logged out on all devices to my yahoo account then told I had to reset the password. An old... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 17, 2022

It may be considered false or deceptive advertising under California Business and Professions Code § 17200.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Internet Law and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Is it illegal to tell someone to ask their doctor if a prescription to end-of-life medication is right for them?

I know it's illegal to tell someone to commit suicide on an online game. However, would recommending that a person contact their physician and see if end-of-life medication is right for them as per the End of Life Option Act in the State of California be legal? (with and without that... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Aug 13, 2022

Not illegal to suggest that someone who is suicidal should seek the help of a physician.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Internet Law for California on
Q: Can I sue a law firm for having my tragic story up and they are not involved or representing anyone in the case?

Recently my Mother and my Aunt were both brutally killed by a non-remorseful 18 y/o reckless driver. Whilst googling the story, I came across a law firm that had my families story highlighted on their web sight as the cover. It says something similar to ' Don't let this happen to you,... Read more »

Eric Gene Young
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answered on Jun 23, 2022

I know exactly the type of website you are describing, and they are, frankly, disgusting. I have had firms with these type of websites post information about cases I am handling. Unfortunately, the smarmy firms that use this kind of advertising typically obtain information about cases from publicly... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for California on
Q: I am being cyber harassed and stalked by an ex boyfriend since April 22, 2022, and he refuses to leave me alone. Help?

I was with said person for approx 2 months. He admitted to having mental issues at the end of our relationship. Once I broke up with him, he began harassing and stalking me, and he refuses to stop as he stated to one of my friends he also harassed on social media. He continues to make multiple fake... Read more »

John Karas
John Karas
answered on May 11, 2022

You can file a Civil Harassment Restraining Order (CHRO) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure 527.6 against your ex-BF. You can DIY, hire an attorney or paralegal to do so on your behalf. If your papers are prepared properly with evidence in support attached (and it sounds like you have plenty), 9... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is a search warrant required, in regards to digital information, while incarcerated. (FaceBook/PayPal/Email)

Though privacy may be limited in an institutional setting, does the law require a search warrant to be served? Please cite case law or PC statue.

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Mar 13, 2022

Insufficient information provided. Need more detail to answer your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Traffic Tickets and Internet Law for California on
Q: What laws exist in California around taking and attending an online traffic school course in someone else’s place?

With consent and necessary information provided, can someone legally attend/complete an online traffic school course for the consenting individual?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Feb 24, 2022

Yes, falsely representing yourself as another individual to attend traffic school for them is a CRIME. Do not do it or have it done for you. The penalty will be much worse than the ticket, you could go to jail.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: What happens if district attorney doesn’t show up in court ?

They offered me a deal I decline and the next court date I was the first one called and the DA wasn’t there

Dan Moseley
Dan Moseley
answered on Jan 3, 2022

Commonly the court waits until a deputy DA shows up, or otherwise continues the case for one to two weeks. Like the rest of us, sometimes they are just delayed for legitimate reasons.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Internet Law and Trademark for California on
Q: Can I sue Alibaba or the supplier in China

I recently ordered ebikes from Alibaba with trade assurance guarantee. Items were delivered to my China warehouse damaged. I filed a dispute but they are not accepting a return nor providing a discount or send a refund. There are so many frauds. I am a complete victim with proof. How can I fight... Read more »

Ian Pike
Ian Pike
answered on Dec 9, 2021

As a general rule of thumb, you can file a lawsuit naming anyone, including a business entity, as a defendant. To sue Alibaba, or another foreign company, here in California you would need to be able to establish jurisdiction over all of the defendants just to bring them into court. If you have an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Internet Law, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for California on
Q: How can you add up pain and suffering and what proof do you need to show the court?

I am being sued for $10,000. For lost wages plus pain and suffering. The plaintiff has no proof of numbers. How does one show proof?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 16, 2021

Pain and suffering, like all elements of a claim, is shown via evidence, which comes in the form of testimony and documentation. Further, there is no calculable way to quantify pain and suffering--each case is different.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Can the president of an HOA prevent a board member from engaging residents on social media? Which law supports this?

I found some protections for members of legislative bodies in the Gov code (Chapter 9. Meetings [54952.2], but those pertain to public entities and our HOA is a private nonprofit corporation.... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on May 27, 2021

The 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of speech. It is also protected by the California Constitution in Article 1, section 2 which states: "SEC. 2. (a) Every person may freely speak, write and publish his or her sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is asking for money not to release a video of someone saying something like the N word extortion?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on May 26, 2021

i would want to hear all the facts.

however, it certainly could be blackmail........

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Q: Copying my products from Alibaba to Amazon

I am a seller on Alibaba and would like to copy my products to a new Amazon account. But I have read the below in Alibaba t&c's. Does this mean as the IP owner I cannot use my Alibaba content to copy and upload new products to my Amazon account?

3.2 You agree that (a) you will not... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan
answered on Mar 19, 2021

Facts are needed for an answer. For example, what content was contributed by Alibaba? What content did you use before you were on Alibaba? Also, you appear to be ignoring Amazon T&Cs. The words of the T&Cs are not self explanatory and need to be interpreted. It looks like the choices are to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: I’m a 17yo minor. I “signed” a contract with PayPal when I was 12. I disavowed it. Their stonewalling me. What can I do?

EDIT: I signed it when I was 11

I was scammed a large amount of money for virtual goods (one of the people scammed me in BTC aswell) before I was medicated. I disavowed my contract with them, and told them that I want my money back (under “Contracts with minors 4318.02). I’m also on the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Feb 26, 2021

You may have a claim under various consumer protection and unfair business practice Acts. Contact a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California who deals with consumer debt issues. They give free consults.

2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Q: Hello, since when are "security agents" danish welfare recipients in Mexico. Those people are stalkers and thiefs.

*Since when are they danish welfare recipients?

There has been defamation surrounding my nationality status. It appears to be that what I did under a danish nationality has been transferred to other people due to claims of it being false, which is a lie, as I even hold father's... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jan 26, 2021

more info needed.

i don't understand what you are asking and suspect my brethren won't either.

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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for California on
Q: One of my social media followers has been harassing me for 3+ years and I don't talk to her. How can I get her to stop?

She has been "stalking" me for 4-5 years. She follows all my business/social media activity and anytime I do something, she spams negative reviews, makes defamatory comments about me, has messaged 50+ of my friends/colleagues speaking poorly of me. This is hurting my business because... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
answered on Jan 14, 2021

You can get a civil restraining order. You can sue her as well. You have a very tough row to hoe.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for California on
Q: question about finding help for friend in California

So I have a friend whom met someone on an app he pretended to be female, once he learned her name and city he found where she lived and went to her home and threatened her and her son, she did what she could to keep them both safe then once she felt she was safe as was her son she reported him to... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
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David Michael Lehr
answered on Nov 21, 2020

Booking can take hours. She is where the "crimes" occurred. Call a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is there any way to stop my son's autopsy report from being public record (CPRA) if we are in safe at home program?

I have recently been informed of an organization who has drastically digging for details and information surrounding my son's death. My son passed in a horrific and tragic accident in May, he was just 5 months old. These people have shared his story and details of the incident and I cannot... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Nov 5, 2020

You should contact a good privacy rights lawyer right away. No parent should have to endure the further indignity of unwanted scrutiny regarding the death of such a young child. In Los Angeles you should be able to find a top notch lawyer who knows how handle such situations. You can go to the Los... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Someone accusing me harassing them by sending text messages but i did not do it. Please advise.

They are using my cell phone number.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Sep 23, 2020

You need to find an expert in Cell Phone Technology like the guys on Catfish, who can show that someone cloned your phone and is sending messages pretending to be you from the clone. People masquerade as others all the time. It has been an email problem for about 15 years.

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