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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: We hired Servpro because our storage room and one bedroom got flooded. They took out my clothes out of the house with ou

Without permission from me or insurance company? Now they want to get paid for storage. Do they get paid for stealing my property

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

If Servpro removed your belongings without your permission or consent from the insurance company, it's essential to address this matter promptly. Start by reviewing the terms of your agreement or contract with Servpro to understand their responsibilities and your rights regarding the handling... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Federal Crimes for Minnesota on
Q: A Verizon employee accepted money to print my private phone records and give them to an estranged BF without my consent.

What are my options for filing a lawsuit against Verizon because one of their employees conspired with and accepted payment from my abusive ex boyfriend for the release of numerous pages of my private cellphone records knowing that my ex boyfriend was not on my account and had no authorization to... View More

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

If you believe that a Verizon employee conspired with your abusive ex-boyfriend to release your private phone records without your consent, you may have legal grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit. Here are some steps to consider:

1. Consult an Attorney: Start by consulting with an attorney who...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: Stupidly borrowed money to someone on cash app now they won’t pay back can I sue ? 5000+$
Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Nov 17, 2023

Conciliation court seems to be in your future. Perhaps an attorney can assist you in getting your money back with going to court. Even if the attorney is unsuccessful, it will likely help you prepare your case. Some attorneys are affordable; most attorneys are not.

You have to determine...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: if a website posted something for the wrong price and I buy it before they fix it they have to sell it to me right ?
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answered on Nov 9, 2023

In general, yes, if a website posts something for the wrong price and you buy it before they fix it, they have to sell it to you at that price. This is because the posting of the price constitutes an offer to sell the item at that price, and your purchase of the item is an acceptance of that offer.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Minnesota on
Q: I have a rental agreement for two Minnesota vehicles fo pay $75 a month for each vehicle for storage. It have been almos

I have a rental agreement for two Minnesota vehicles fo pay $75 a month for each vehicle for storage. It have been almost 3 years and the owners have paid me for one month only. My storage is in Wisconsin. The owners of the vehicles owe me approximately $4k+ what do I need to do to gain ownership... View More

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answered on Nov 8, 2023

To pursue ownership of the vehicles for unpaid storage fees, you would typically need to follow the lien sale process outlined in Wisconsin’s statutes. This often involves sending a notice of the lien to the vehicle owners, advertising the lien sale, and conducting the sale in compliance with the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: My life was ruined by a surgeon who lied to me about what happened while I was unconscious. I was poisoned-nearly died.

I have medical records to prove that HE was the trauma that required my 20-plus surgeries. Is there no recourse? Why? Is it because he refused to tell me what happened within the Statute of Limitations (four years)? My hospital records were "missing" and absolute evidence of the wrong... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Oct 23, 2023

If you expose the truth about what happened to you through social media and autobiography/memoir/literary plays and/or historical fiction you will likely be sued. Be prepared to defend yourself in court. It will be expensive for you. Any publishers will certainly run your allegations by their legal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Collections for Minnesota on
Q: Do I have to give the customer a refund?

To explain simply, I recently started a family business with my family. We do this full-time, we are a logistics transportation company. We don’t have any official written documents that we give customers to sign or anything like that. But to ensure that we’re properly compensated, we take half... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Aug 18, 2023

I don't know how a judge would rule in a civil lawsuit. I don't know if you have done anything illegal, but your post does raise some questions. I am not sure what services you promised. How does traffic become an issue in a 1,800 mile trip? How can they simply refuse service? It seems... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Minnesota on
Q: I have a pending settlement with the boyscouts of America. But I need money now. And my attorney doesn't allow

Pre-settlement loans. Is there anything I can do? Or do you know any company they doesn't require a attorney signature. Because I have the paperwork necessary to prove that I am apart of the settlement.

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answered on Jul 17, 2023

If your attorney does not permit pre-settlement loans and you need immediate funds for your pending settlement with the Boy Scouts of America, there are still options to explore. Begin by discussing your financial urgency with your attorney and exploring alternative solutions together.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can I pursue legal action against Walgreens for stolen purse handed over by employee?

I was asked to leave my purse at the counter. Before I was done shopping the associates that asked for my purse initially, had given my purse to a different shopper. Everything from my ID, cash, cards etc was in my purse. I have called Walgreens HQ and the store its self and have been unsuccessful... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Jun 19, 2023

Yes, you can pursue legal action against Walgreens for a stolen purse handed over by employee. You certainly should be taking the appropriate steps to protect yourself from identity theft. I would guess Walgreens would make an offer to compensate you for your inconvenience. A little more... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: Hello! Thank you for your time. What can I do?

I bought a used car and was told the AC was fixed(used car lot) when I picked up the car and left the AC blew warm air. I called right away and was told they would take care of it. The owner says he hasn't had a mechanic to fix it and now he says it's been a year and he's washing his... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Jun 5, 2023

Present him with a written demand (with a reasonable deadline) to repair the vehicle. Express that you will be taking the vehicle elsewhere if he fails to comply and will be suing him for the cost (and perhaps more.) A letter from an attorney would carry more weight and may be affordable.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: i bought a used trailer from facebook and the guy did not tell me problems tell i bought and asked dot proof

and now he says its not his problem any more. it would cost me about as much as i bought the trailer for to fix it and get it safe i have screen shots and dot inspection sheet

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on May 11, 2023

The seller may not have a duty to disclose everything, but misrepresenting the overall condition may be enough for you to recoup some of your money. It will come down to the specific details. What was said and written? Is it something that the seller should have known about? It may be worth having... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Minnesota on
Q: Hi I'm 18 turning 19. I want to get a gun for target shooting but have had a history of anger when younger ages 4-14

So when I was younger I was diagnosed with low levels of autism and fasd but was before they knew I had adhd and they says that's the real reason I was like that according to state law In Minnesota and federal law you can't own a gun if you've been adjudicated as a mental defect by a... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Nov 28, 2022

You should speak directly with an attorney about these issues. On first reading, it doesn't sound as if you would have any legal prohibition on owning or possessing a firearm, but you don't want to put yourself in a bad situation. A legal forum is no substitute for speaking directly... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: In MN. how long does a tow company have to notify me that they have it and/or dispose of it.

My vehicle was parked at a friend's house while I was working upon returning roughly 30days later my vehicle was no longer at my friends (stolen) I notified police & then informed that they had it towed as an abandoned vehicle. I called tow company & they informed me that they had my... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on May 25, 2024

I apologize, I don't know what notice you were entitled to without reaching the law and knowing exactly what happened. Why didn't you receive notice from your friend who was letting you park there? Why was it deemed abandoned?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: In April of 2023, my lyfted car that I was renting fr hertz had been stolen along with my cell phone. It was stolen by t

In April of 2023, my lyfted car that I was renting fr hertz had been stolen along with my cell phone. It was stolen by this guy that came over to buy some speakers from my boyfriend. I fell asleep and when I woke up my cell phone and my keys were missing. I went outside and my car was also stolen.... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Jan 27, 2024

Apparently, your rental car was stolen. You were required have it properly insured. The facts your boyfriend was ran over and your phone was also stolen are irrelevant. I don't know what to say about the vehicle registration. Your insurance company should be addressing this matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice for Minnesota on
Q: Does soverned nation status of Indian reservations in Minnesota, make them immune from criminal activity such as

organized criminal activity? This activity should lead to criminal charges and civil liability for damages and restitution that would fall under the federal RICO act in my opinion.

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Dec 8, 2023

Crimes committed in Indian country among AIANs may be subject to concurrent jurisdiction by tribal, federal, state, or local criminal justice agencies. This is due to the sovereign status of federally recognized tribes and to Public Law 83-280 (commonly referred to as P.L. 280).

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Contracts and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: We have a restaurant that has a party room that we want to convert into commercial retail in mn.

The city says we HAVE to have a bathroom accessible to the public, is this true? There is a public restroom in the restaurant. The customers can exit the retail store to the restaurant and technically use it there?

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Aug 30, 2023

I don't believe a retail store is required to have a public restroom. Who told you that it does? The "city" could mean various things or people.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: If a dealership falsely registered a car in your name can you sue?

Negligence on the behalf of the employee they processed paperwork without consent after being told I did not want to proceed with the vehicle, there was a ticket issued as well in another state for the car due to being registered under my name

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Mar 14, 2023

If a dealership falsely registered a car in your name you can sue. I do not know if you will be successful or if it's even worth it. Why would a dealership falsely register a car in your? What have you suffered in damages ($) ?

2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability, Traffic Tickets and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: dealership processed a transaction for a vehicle in my name without consent I found out because of a ticket on the car
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Mar 10, 2023

There isn't really a question here. Plus it is not a products liability issue. I'd suggest reaching out to some consumer protection folks directly to deal with this issue.

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Collections for Minnesota on
Q: Medical Assistance overpayment

I have an overpayment for Medical Assistance from 2006. I'm getting notcied from the County for demand of payment. I filed chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2015 but did not list the agency. Per Department of Human Services website. The agency cannot require me to amend my bankruptcy and list them as a... View More

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answered on Dec 15, 2021

As a matter of practice, I advise every client desiring to file for bankruptcy relief to provide me with the names and addresses of anyone and everyone who has ever asserted a claim against my debtor, even a guy who cut across the yard and sprained his ankle in a hole in that yard. The reason is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: I believe I may have a false advertising case.I have screen shots of the claims and tracking info.

Dumerth.com

Advertises made in and ships from Boston, MA and it comes from Shenzen, China and they couldn't uphold their VIP shipping contract of 3-7days as well.

No damages yet. Was buying under the impression it was American made. Misleading. I wouldn't have purchased if... View More

William Bailey
William Bailey
answered on Feb 16, 2021

What are your damages? As a general rule, without damages lawsuits aren't worth the time and effort they take.

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