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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Litigation and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Need help with Personal & Venue Jurisdiction with multiple parties during online car deal purchase

Purchased car online. Started with Dealer 1, car was at Dealer 2, Dealer 3 also in it & Dealer 3 is parent company of 1&2. Dealer 1&3 live in 1 state, Dealer 2 in 1 state and myself in 1 state. Dealer's 1&3 have branches in many states including mine. Dealer 2 is on Retail... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 6, 2022

You really need to find a lawyer; this is far more complex than you think it is. And if you try doing this on your own, without a full knowledge of the court rules and applicable case law, you are going to find yourself the recipient of a summary disposition, meaning your case will be over before... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it possible to not know if you had a restraining order that was put on you 5 months ago in Michigan?

A woman I reported to the police in May made a tiktok video with me with my pics name and another females pictures accusing us of stalking her and talking to her man. She labeled me stalker no.1 with a restraining order she claims she filed 5 months ago. When I went to the police to complain about... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

If there were a restraining order - more technically called a PPO - the police should have told you when you reported this.

You can go to the circuit court in your county to see if one has been filed.

I suppose you could try to sue this person civilly - and you possibly have some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it illegal to hack someone's gmail account without their permission
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow
answered on Mar 14, 2022


1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue tiktok to get a fake account taken down that someone opened up in my name and took one of my videos and put on

Fake account and I know who did it. I also feel this guy is scouting minors for trafficking I have emailed them over a dozen times n reported his account with no luck since 12/31/21. Not sure what else to do??

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 22, 2022

I'm not sure how TikTok would be liable to you. Most social media companies, in that finely printed terms and conditions no one reads when they sign up for an account, say basically "we're just a platform and not responsible for the content users upload".

If you know...
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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Military Law for Michigan on
Q: How can a victim get information on the defendants release information

A year ago my bf went to jail for online solicitation of a minor. I was wondering since my parents filed against him but won't share his sentencing information, how can I get that information as the "victim". I'll be 18 in a month and I was hoping to file a motion to drop the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 19, 2021

You can likely look up public access records from the court he was convicted in. It's highly likely that a no-contact order with you remains in place through his term of probation or parole. It is also highly unlikely, given your age and nature of the offense, that a judge will grant your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue my web designer?

I hired a web developer to design three websites. He bought my domain names and hosted the sites on his server for a year. Before they were set to expire, he contacted me to inquire about renewing hosting. I decided instead I would like to change hosting. The web developer then cut off my websites... Read more »

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
answered on Sep 23, 2020

Before giving you a definite answer, I would need to see the contract between you two. But generally speaking, this arrangement is a work-for-hire, and whatever he developed should belong to you. So you will likely have a claim for damages against him.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Hi, I just purchased a car from a private seller, they assured me there was no issues and I could bring it back.

I purchased a car from a private seller. He assured me there were no issues other than cosmetics, after driving it home I immediately informed him that the car ran rough, on the highway. He told me that if I found any issues, we could trade back the next day. I told him this is what I wanted. He... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 5, 2020

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, it could be a difficult situation - one party's word against another's, as the communications/agreements appear to have been verbal. One option could be to review the terms and conditions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: My Ex-wife and I that live together have been constantly harassed for 6yrs,online,public and want it to stop. How?

I divorced my 1st wife in 2012, married my current ex-wife in 2014 and my 1st ex and my daughter(18) keeps harassing in public, online, my own family now involved and all their friends. I have had cease and desist letters sent out, told them I don't want contact and they still do. Have posts... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Jul 25, 2019

The 'solution' would seem to be a personal protection order. Investigate that to determine if you have enough evidence to proceed with a local family law attorney.

That said, appreciate that a PPO is only a court order. If your ex continues to violate that order, it would require...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: ex-employer shared files with me on my personal file sharing/ email account 15 months after I was fired. do I hv 2 gv b?

I was working for a pharmaceutical wholesale distributor in mi. I had a 1 year non compete agreement. I was fired 8-17-2017 and my non compete ended 8-17-2018. Two months after the non compete ended, I noticed that the owner of the company was sharing files with me via onedrive (a file sharing... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris
answered on Oct 7, 2018

Although your noncompete has ended, it is likely that any confidentiality agreement that you had with the company, whether in writing or in a employee manual, still applies after termination of your employment. The information that you mentioned is recognized by Michigan law as trade secrets, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Communications Law and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Freelance client is months behind payments and requiring digital account access prior to paying. What are my rights?

After six months trying to arrange a payment schedule as promised by client, the client requested more work prior to pay. I declined and offered a payment schedule. Point person misunderstood and responded by dissolving business relationship and demanding digital web/email account access... Read more »

Carrie A. Ward
Carrie A. Ward
answered on Feb 28, 2018

Do you have a written contract with the client? If so, you should examine the terms of any default provisions. If you do not have a contract, it is a trickier situation and you probably have the right to terminate the contract without further liability to the client. However, you need to examine... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law, Internet Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Is it illegal to record video in the Department Motor Vehicles without permission?

Is it illegal to record video in the Department of Motor Vehicles without permission?

Is it also illegal to publically post said video (if taken without permission) and make available on social media (facebook, youtube) without permission?

Michigan - Jackson - DMV

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Aug 15, 2016

First, may be illegal under their rules--usually is. Second you are looking for trouble with a reposting.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: I need help with an internet theft of over $4500. We have proof and confession, but police and IC3 have done nothing.

I am looking for information on how to get our funds back. This was from a fund raiser for a widow and her children. The person who was supposed to forward the funds to the intended party, never gave her the funds.

Timothy James Walton
Timothy James Walton
answered on Jan 7, 2011

Does the thief still have the cash? have you considered representing yourself in small claims court?

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