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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Antitrust and Communications Law for New York on

Q: Telecom disconnects service without notice.

My local (New York City) telecom company disconnected service (phone + internet) without notice. To have it reestablished, they’re asking for installation fees (to run new connection cables) and increased monthly charges. Is this action warranted under law?

Jonathan David Warner answered on Feb 14, 2019

If the bill was not paid, they have the right to disconnect.

Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Constitutional Law for New York on

Q: is it my US legal right to be allowed to choose how communications (printed hardcopies vs online)are sent to me by NYCHA

I'm being forced to create an online account but i don't want an online "presence". I want to continuing receiving communications (statements, lease renewals, etc) by U.S. 1st class mail to keep all documentation in a physical file, not on a computer( i want a keep a physical paper trail).... Read more »

Elaine Shay answered on Oct 1, 2018

Are you referring to NYCHA's NextGen Online Certification Program? If so, you can inform your property manager that you are opting out of taking advantage of the new option for online recertification and requesst a traditional paper packet... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Communications Law and Intellectual Property for New York on

Q: Using Magazine and Newspaper covers on my website.

Hello! I was wondering if it would be fair use to include magazine and newspapers covers along with their logos in a "Print Advertising" section of an Ad agency's website? The covers will be placed in magazine and newspaper mockups in a digitally made-belief home setting next to other props and... Read more »

Michael David Siegel answered on Aug 13, 2018

You cannot do it. The logos and designs of newspapers are copyrighted.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Sexual Harassment and Communications Law for New York on

Q: I was in a long-distance relationship with a guy from Florida who threatened to leak my nudes

He started to threaten me when we broke up, it happened multiple times, and after each time he said he deleted my pictures.

I don't know if he still has them or not, what can I do if I find out he leaked them?

Michael Diederich Jr. answered on Apr 5, 2018

My recommendation: hire a Florida attorney to discuss the issue, and write your former boyfriend a letter. If he is trying to obtain something from you under threat of releasing the photos, the local district attorney may also be interested and perhaps able to help.

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death and Communications Law for New York on

Q: Can a video of a attack be found in a area that happened a year ago through DVR

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 26, 2018

Depends if there was a camera there.However because of the amount of storage space video takes, Usually the video is removed after 36-50 hours.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for New York on

Q: My face appeared on a news story about a crime I did not commit and wasn't even accused of committing. I assume it was

just an error on the news channel's part, but the damage has been done and it's already been aired. Do I have any recourse?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Apr 29, 2017

You may be able to sue for libel/ slander, depending on the facts. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Communications Law and Constitutional Law for New York on

Q: In the most plain language, what's the difference in Roth v. United States and Miller v. California obscenity decisions?

I'm trying to get a better understanding of these cases a someone whose not a law student. From what I understand, obscene material is determined to be so (Roth decision) when it meets only one of the three prongs ( a. whether "the average person, applying contemporary community standards" would... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Apr 27, 2017

See: http://courses.cs.vt.edu/professionalism/Censorship/3-prong-test.html

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Communications Law, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for New York on

Q: Can a citizen blogger writing a blog for free on a newspaper website claim censorship if that newspaper removes a post?

Barry Eran Janay answered on Apr 8, 2017

It seems like you are confusing your first amendment freedoms with "censorship" and a private enterprise's right to control it's content. In any case more information would be necessary as too would further research.

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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for New York on

Q: If a TV news station posts a photo of me that was marked as private/friends-only on my social media account and implied

something false about me as a result of it, can I sue for invasion of privacy?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 24, 2017

You may have a privacy suit as well as a defamation suit. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for New York on

Q: Why don't laws that prohibit the publication of obscenities run afoul of my right to free speech?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 6, 2017

There are reasonable limits to our freedoms. Imagine the results, otherwise. See: http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/educational-resources/about-educational-outreach/activity-resources/what-does

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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Gov & Administrative Law for New York on

Q: Is there any amount of time that the federal communications commision needs to act of a pending license renewal app?

i believe that the statue that governs this would be 47 usc 312, there was never so much as a show cause order issued or any official inquiry

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 3, 2017

See: https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/broadcast-radio-license-renewal

The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for New York on

Q: What are my rights as a renter to install a satellite dish?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 3, 2017

Check with your lease. It may be considered a fixture. If so, your landlord's approval might be required. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Communications Law for New York on

Q: Is text messaging considered social media?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 1, 2017

Not generally, but it depends on the application. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Consumer Law and Juvenile Law for New York on

Q: What are the legal bases for putative rights of children to be subrogated by their parents?

Phone co. claims that the FCC requires that those whose cellphones be geotracked be notified of it. This defeats the purpose of parents who want to track their runaway children. Can the parents prevail in claiming that the notifications must go to them (the parents) only?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 19, 2017

Generally, if you own the phone, you can track it and receive notifications relating to your phone, even if you've allowed your minor child to use it. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Communications Law for New York on

Q: What if my rights wasn't taken In consideration? Do I have a lawsuit with police for not arrested for such act?

A woman I was staying with kidnapped my children my spouse & I called police to press charges they refuse to arrest this woman, suggesting that we just leave illegally evicted us

Derek John Soltis answered on Dec 6, 2016

It sounds like you have multiple issues going on at this time. Eviction and kidnapping are uncommon to be heard in the same fact pattern for a complaint. You really should speak to an attorney to go over all of the facts.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Communications Law, Identity Theft and Internet Law for New York on

Q: Someone used to name to purchase things online

Someone has used my name to make food orders costing up to $1000 each and some indecent DVDs and have them sent to my office. The person has however used a different spelling of my name (e.g. Sean Burke spelt as Shaun Berg). Does it still considered as identity theft since the spelling was... Read more »

Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 22, 2016

I am unclear if you are out any money. It sounds like harassment more than ID theft. Check your credit report to see if your ID has been compromised.

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3 Answers | Asked in Communications Law and Criminal Law for New York on

Q: People have been using psychic attacks on me for many years and also stalk me online. How do I obtain a lawyer?

I have been the target of psychic attacks for many years by individuals who are directly linked to a former landlord. I have documented many instances of these attacks over the years, along with their threats. Their families have used their police influence within a corrupt group of police brass... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 25, 2015

You have to go hire an attorney to sort through the evidence and determine what can be proved in court, and wha

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3 Answers | Asked in Communications Law and Criminal Law for New York on

Q: People have been using psychic attacks on me for many years and also stalk me online. How do I obtain a lawyer?

I have been the target of psychic attacks for many years by individuals who are directly linked to a former landlord. I have documented many instances of these attacks over the years, along with their threats. Their families have used their police influence within a corrupt group of police brass... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 25, 2015

You have to go hire an attorney to sort through the evidence and determine what can be proved in court, and wha

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