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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I get compensation from American airline

My flight was canceled for 48hrs due to weather conditions even thought other flights nearby are landing. We paid extra cash for a flight with no stops yet they added a stop for our new flight. They won’t give our luggage back with all our stuff until our destination. They won’t pay for hotel,... View More

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answered on Jan 25, 2024

In cases where a flight is canceled due to weather conditions, airlines typically have policies that limit their responsibility for providing compensation or covering additional expenses like hotel stays or meals. However, the specifics can vary depending on the airline's terms and conditions... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: can the apartment management force me to use their internet/ISP instead of the one i've been using for the past 2 years?

i live in an apartment community in Greensboro, NC. Recently, i was asked to vacate my current unit, and was given the option to transfer to another unit, which i accepted.

The 'welcome letter' for the new unit stated that i will be charged $65/month for cable, (i assume)... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Dec 31, 2023

You mentioned that you had spectrum cable in the other unit and I presume you paid for it in the other unit. If that lease required all residents to pay for internet and they offered a transfer on the same terms then yes they can make you continue to "pay double". It is not illegal for an... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Products Liability for North Carolina on
Q: Can you sue a company that put alcohol in a cooking spray that was not labeled to have that ingredient in it
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answered on Dec 25, 2023

Yes, it may be possible to sue a company for failing to properly label a cooking spray that contains alcohol. Some key considerations in evaluating a potential lawsuit:

- Product liability laws require companies to adequately warn consumers of any risks or hazardous ingredients in their...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: get default judgment dismissed for a credit card.im on SS & 69 ys old.can they put a lein. on my home

The card is about 1,900 i think.the home is all I have how do i do this w/out a lawyer

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Dec 11, 2023

If you were properly served with the Summons and Complaint, it will be impossible to set aside a default judgment. You can go to the Clerk of Court and ask for the court file to review. If the summons return says you were personally served by the Sheriff or someone who resided with you was... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for North Carolina on
Q: So if The person recording everything about a day is the only person knows that they're recording it still legal

My wife wants me to record everything that happens at work if I'm not on call with her, is that still legal if I'm the only person who knows that they're recording is there and I'm the only person consenting to it but no one else knows is that even legal

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

In North Carolina, the legality of recording conversations hinges on the state's consent laws. North Carolina is a "one-party consent" state, which means that as long as you are a party to the conversation, you can legally record it without needing to get permission from the other... View More

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Q: Can a towing company legally hold my vehicle after payment is made, telling me they are appt only & can't get for 24 hrs

I paid the past due on my vehicle last wednesday, they refused to release my vehicle until today stating they had to make sure the payment wouldn't reverse. I was reassured by multiple people that I could get it back today only to get the release sent and now the towing company says oh our... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Dec 4, 2023

Unfortunately there is no law requiring a car lender to use a repossession company which is conveniently located. If the vehicle was damaged during the tow, you may have claims against the tow company for the amount necessary to repair - but you have to pay for the repairs yourself and then bring a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Collections and Communications Law for North Carolina on
Q: Got a car from a "buy here pay here" lot. Made payments on time, but now after a year they keep texting me sayin Im late

I got a car for my son November 2022. All payments have been made, on time. But starting in December 2023, they keep contacting me saying I'm behind and and contacting me saying "if I need help making payments I can send a friend in and if they buy a car I will get $200.00". Is this... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Dec 4, 2023

Take proof of all of your on time payments to them and speak to them about this. To cover yourself, you could mail in the proof with a letter complaining about the situation and asking them to stop the unjustified messages (get a tracking number and pproof of delivery). The "help making... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I get Walmart to fix my car if after an oil change my engine messed up.

I got a oil change from Walmart on November 22nd in Virginia. On my way to North Carolina the 23rd, my car lost power on the highway and started making a knocking noise. I pulled over as soon as possible and after some looking around noticed that there was a gas smell coming from the oil. The motor... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Nov 25, 2023

You should not have it towed to a WalMart first. Instead, have the car examined by a mechanic of your choice first and if that mechanic believes an error with the oil change caused the issue, get that opinion in writing. Then, have the car towed to WalMart for inspection and provide WalMart with a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: My gym cancelled my membership because they said I was doing something outside the gym but not related to my membership.

I went to work out yesterday. The gym operator said, without and evidence or truth, the operator said he had spoken to several "families" and i was involved in some kind of behavior he didn't like. When I asked what that behavior was he refused to explain or tell me who he had spoken... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Oct 24, 2023

This is very difficult to answer because we cannot see your membership contract. There are no laws regulating gym memberships in North Carolina other than one saying the maximum length is three years, and the contract must cleary disclose the right to cancel and how to cancl - for the buyer (not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights and Banking for North Carolina on
Q: Repossession by Bank of America with no notice had scheduled payment to make current that drafts Monday

Repossession by Bank of America with no notice had scheduled payment to get account current but bc it was weekend wouldn’t process until Monday. Also it was seen the repo people broke into car after the fact I’m in nc maybe goal is reinstatement of loan

I called immediately and was told... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Oct 15, 2023

A lawyer needs to see the car loan agreement in order to accurately answer your question. In general, the lender is not required to give you advance notice of a repossession. Repossession from a public area is not illegal. Repossession on a Saturday is not illegal. Most likely, if you were late on... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Best way to find a local attorney to sue the moving company that took advantage of my mother and I in a NC move.

3 page list items missing and damaged, Overcharges and mental torment.

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answered on Oct 11, 2023

In North Carolina, if you're seeking to take legal action against a moving company, start with the North Carolina Bar Association's lawyer referral service to find a qualified attorney. Additionally, you can explore online directories like Avvo or Martindale-Hubbell for ratings and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: I live in a D. R. Horton mobile home. It's been ravaged with water damage. I'm in debt now. Can I join this suit?

The home is made of masonite. I only recently found out this is irreparable after using 3 credit cards to fix the siding, roof, and windows. My doors are warped and I can't afford to get this place energy efficient. I've got mold and the mold has made given me brain fog, increased bodily... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Sep 7, 2023

You do not provide any information about the lawsuit you want to join. I am aware there are some class actions against that builder for their stick built homes pending in states other than North Carolina, and if you were a member of that class you would have been notified once the class is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: I have a consumer law question trying to figure out what the law is for purchasing a vehicle and it not being any good

Even if it didn't have a warranty. My daughter purchased a car well a truck for 13,000. They drove it one day. The transmission went out three weeks later. They got it back. They drove it one day and the differential is about to fall out. I'm trying to figure out if there is a law in... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 30, 2023

Almost all new vehicles in the United States are sold with a warranty. The terms and conditions of the warranty govern your daughter’s rights and the manufacturer’s obligations. Most such warranties require the manufacturer to make necessary repairs within a reasonable time. Many states have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is it legal for Lowes (or their delivery agent) to charge me a $3300 storage fee without prior notice or authorization?

Dear Attorney,

I bought kitchen cabinets in March, which the manufacturer shipped to Lowes' delivery agent around May 1. They were intended to be installed in June, but due to ongoing construction delays we have had to reschedule the delivery date several times, most recently to... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Aug 29, 2023

The paperwork you signed probably says that you must pick up the cabinets upon notice of delivery or something to that effect. There is no law saying that they cannot charge a storage fee or that they have to disclose it to you beforehand. You should seek out alternative locations to store them if... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: Can I keep progressive from cutting a total loss check to the but here pay here lender who has now sold the contract?

My sister bought a car at a buy here pay here lot in Waynesville, NC.

It was totaled on July 24th. Dealer notified who agreed to write off any amount owed as long as it was close to her payoff $3800. He then told Progressive her payoff was $4500.

Nevertheless, 8 days later a third... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Aug 22, 2023

YOU can't do anything about this unless you have a power of attorney from your sister. Your sister needs to demand written proof from the third party finance company who claims they hold the contract, by getting their name, mailing address and loan number and mailing them a letter asking for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: How many times can a credit card company call you in a day for a past-due payment?
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answered on Aug 18, 2023

Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in North Carolina and the U.S., credit card companies are generally prohibited from engaging in harassing or excessive communication with consumers. While there's no specific limit on the number of times they can call in a day, they must... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: What type of Lawyer can help us with a bad Pool construction/install job?

We had a bad 24' round above ground salt water pool installed. The contract shows a 1 year warranty for workmanship. The owner refuses to contact us or remedy the defective pool construction. We paid over 10K and the pool is falling a part. The liner fell out within the first season, which was... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Aug 17, 2023

Unfortunately it sounds like the warranty has expired. You need to find a lawyer experienced with consumer cases and construction cases to review the contract you signed and get the specific facts from you. Unless you have proof of defects appearing in the first year and that you brought these... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: If my vehicle has been to a number of AAMCO franchises that haven't fixed it - should we pursue corporate or franchise?

Transmission in our converted short bus (essentially our home) was originally rebuilt in Meza, AZ in May 2022. 14 months later, the vehicle has been to 3 shops (Mesa, AZ; Fort Collins, CO; and Gastonia, NC) and rebuilt 3 times. The transmission hasn't been road ready/functional for more than 2... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jul 25, 2023

Unfortunately, this is impossible to answer without reviewing the purchase and installation order for the original AAMCO transmission and the accompanying warranty plus the repair/work orders for each subsequent rebuild and accompanying warranty, if any. You need to take these documents to an... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: I have a vehicle, loan and contract through US AUTO sales. They closed. Filed bankruptcy. A debt collector.

Has taken over the contracts. warranties are now and never was valid. No Gap Insurance because US AUTO sales didn't pay for the warranties or Gap. What can I do? US AUTO sales Is In breach of contract In many ways. I was paying debt collector but not sure what to do. Can't get copies of... View More

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jul 13, 2023

US Auto Sales has gone out of business, you cannot contact them any more. You need to keep making your car payment to preserve your credit. Send a letter in writing to the company who claims they took over the loan and request copies of all relevant documents as well as a copy of the loan payment... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: I was wondering if we sign a contract for 5 years of services after 3 months ask to cancel do still pay the rest??

Had it canceled the first year and now they want the rest of it.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jun 1, 2023

An attorney would have to actually review the contract you signed to accurately answer this question. In general, many service contracts for a number of years have conditions that say you cannot cancel early, or if you do cancel early there is a penalty of some sort. Most likely you do owe them... View More

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