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Q: Took my laptop to a local repair shop. Did not hear from them for several weeks. Shop closed. What are my rights to get

my laptop back? Tried to contact them via social media with no success. How do I proceed?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

File a complaint with the police; if they won't take it check with the township to see who owned the business license, sue those people in small claims. Ask the landlord who takes the property for your machine.

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Q: I would like to start a class action lawsuit against these same defendants for a different cause of action. Can someone

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 19, 2019

Not seeing a question. If you want to file a class action you have to be aware that they are highly technical and not something to do yourself. If your action was covered in the first action you have to continue under that unless you have "opted out."

If you have an entirely different...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Hello I purchased a purebred chihuahua puppy breeder now put in shelter and shelter won’t give back anything I can do

3 puppies where sold to families money was taken now there dogs are in the shelter and the shelter won’t let them come get them or adopt them do they have any legal grounds to fight the shelter the puppies where $1,000s of dollars they’re pure bred chihuahua puppies I have proof of purchase and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

Ask to meet with the shelter manager and find out why. If they don't satisfy you ask the police if you can file a complaint with them for not giving you your property. Maybe call the state ASPCA first to get an idea of the law regarding shelters.

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Q: I received a letter for a deposition for an aid of execution for a $2000 credit card debt. I can't attend. What now?

I have to work that day. They won't reschedule. What happens now?

Cary B. Hall answered on Jan 21, 2019

The attorney for the credit card company will likely file a motion to compel your attendance with the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Lemon Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: We bought a used car. It had 30,000 miles on it. Turns out after bringing it to Nissan because of smoke issue the car

was flagged by Nissan and was to be sold at auction with "no engine warranty". The small dealer I bought it from never disclosed any issues or any flags to the engine warranty. Now I have a car that needs a new motor. Car was sold in New Jersey.

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jan 6, 2019

Call a lemon lawyer. That type of attorney handles these issues

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Q: Citation threw the mail saying operating a vehicle with a televised object in my vision.. never got pull overr..

How is that legal i pleaded not guilty.. how can u prove i was driving

Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 16, 2018

Go tell it to the judge, esp. if you weren't driving. But the way the cop can prove that you were driving is that he/she can *ask* you -- under oath -- in front of the magisterial district judge. I suppose you can "plead the 5th" and refuse to testify, and the judge may then toss the citation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on

Q: Arbitration hearing or Judgement Issue?

In November of 2018 I received a notice from a sheriff’s deputy that a credit card debt that I had not paid was scheduled for arbitration for a date in July 2019. On December 3, 2018 I received a letter from the same law firm indicating that I had not filed a defense or objection in writing and... Read more »

Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 7, 2018

The problem may be your "assumptions." I suggest contacting the Delaware County Bar Association for an attorney referral, and then sit down with him/her and going over everything. Knowledge is power, y'know?

Best of luck to you.

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Q: Being sued by portfolio Recovery Associates for a bad debt. Not working, can't afford lawyer what now?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 28, 2018

Do you agree on the amount? Contact legal services. But don't let it go to default otherwise other charges may be added.

As to the debt, can Portfolio Recover show that they were "assigned" the debt? Anyone can say they were--can they prove it?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Employment Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: 73 yr old male live in PA 40 years in New Jersey. Boss asked me to retire year end. Can I collect unemployment benefits

Lives in pa. Works in nj past 40 years

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 28, 2018

You can try--a lot depends on the terms you are leaving under.

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Q: got a screw in my food at dennys

Timur Akpinar answered on Oct 14, 2018

I do not practice in Pennsylvania, but your question has not been picked up in four weeks. You could consult with a Pennsylvania attorney who could ask you about the type of damages you might be seeking, for instance, if there was injury in the form of dental damage, or other forms of injury. An... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on

Q: how do I find out if someone filed bankruptcy?

Timothy Denison answered on Sep 28, 2018

You can open a PACER account at PACER.gov and view filings.

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Q: In PA, do I need any type of license to sell a hunting shotgun privately? What is the process? Can I sell it to a felon?

Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 26, 2018

Try contacting your local Pennsylvania State Police barracks with your questions. They deal with and enforce most of the firearms laws in the Commonwealth. Better safe than sorry, right?

Best of luck to you.

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Q: Where can one find a collection of law reviews?

Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 11, 2018

Law reviews -- periodicals published by law school that contain scholarly articles, casenotes, etc. on legal topics -- can be found in a law library. Many can also be found online as well, and here's a good starting place: https://lawreviewcommons.com/.

Best of luck to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Cases that involve the second amendment, particularly right to bear arms.

Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 11, 2018

You're looking for appellate court opinions in cases concerning the Second Amendment (which *only* deals with "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms")?

Your best bet is to do a Google search yourself and/or go spend some time in a law library. You won't find an attorney here to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Takinge my roofer 2 civil court in Lancaster PA. Can the Judge place a lien against his NJ property?

Formally filed with PA Attorney General, no response from roofer.

Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 8, 2018

If you get a civil monetary judgment in Pennsylvania against the roofer, you will need to file a certified copy of the judgment with the State of New Jersey. Once accomplished (and you will need to consult New Jersey law about how to do this properly), you would then be able to begin enforcement... Read more »

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Q: If you belong to a private club and you get written up for a tech dont they have to give you copies that is going in you

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 1, 2018

Not complete but you have to look at the governing agreement.

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Q: Is the case over or do I still need to do something?

Judgement was won against me in magistrate court after debt collector lied to me.I appealed to common pleas court,since they cannot garnish my social security.They never responded to the appeal.Will it still go to trial or will Judgement go in my favor?

Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 31, 2018

Call the Prothonotary of your county's Court of Common Pleas and ask them where the case is procedurally. Every county does it a little bit differently, so go straight to the source and find out.

Best of luck to you.

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Q: Weinberg & Assoc. levied our bank acct. They represent Ally Bank for auto loan repo 2016. Never served. Legal?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 18, 2018

Generally no. You need to get a copy of whatever order the bank was served with. Chances are there is a court that they went to to get a default notice. You need to get those records as well. Only then can an attorney help you unravel this. If you get ALL the documents, then contact a consumer... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can I sell my home if I just received papers for arbitration

I am in the process of selling my home closing is set for July 10 I received paperwork on June 30 for arbitration I had no notice and will not be prepared should I request a continuance can they put a judgment against me or stop the sale of my house if no court order has been issued yet what are my... Read more »

Thomas A. Grossman answered on Jul 1, 2018

I am not a Bankruptcy Lawyer, and what you describe going on does not sound like it has to do with Bankruptcy. It sounds like you have a real estate problem, and the other side has asked for Arbitration. It appears that you are in Philadelphia, while I am in California. So, the law is different... Read more »

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Q: Can I take a mechanic to court that charged us $926.00 for a part that costs $269.00?

I have tried talking with this person and he said via text he would return $156.00. He wouldn't respond further. I filed a complaint with the DA's office yesterday. I want at least $500.00 returned or for the mechanic to remove this part. The overall bill was 1,173.00 $140 for labor. I am furious... Read more »

Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 28, 2018

You can take anyone you want to court. Will you succeed? No way to know from the limited description of your situation. If you agreed to pay the costs charged, but changed your mind after you got your car back, then you probably have no case. A bag of chips may cost $1.00 normally, but if... Read more »

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