Pennsylvania Consumer Law Questions & Answers

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 21, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
The attorney for the credit card company will likely file a motion to compel your attendance with the court.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Lemon Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 6, 2019
Elizabeth Tarasi's answer
Call a lemon lawyer. That type of attorney handles these issues

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 16, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
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 out for lack of evidence.

Best of luck to you.

Q: Arbitration hearing or Judgement Issue?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 7, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 28, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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?

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 28, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You can try--a lot depends on the terms you are leaving under.

Q: got a screw in my food at dennys

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 14, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
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 attorney could advise you of the timeframes and statutes of limitations within which you would need to act to preserve your legal rights if you were contemplating legal action.

Tim Akpinar

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

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 28, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
You can open a PACER account at PACER.gov and view filings.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 26, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 11, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
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.

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

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 11, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
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 do such broad legal research for you. Best of luck to you.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 8, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
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 proceedings in New Jersey against the roofer's property there.

Best of luck to you.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 1, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Not complete but you have to look at the governing agreement.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jul 31, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
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 attorney. But they need to know the court docket, filings etc.

Early in the filings should be a sheriffs return of service (unless Philadelphia). That would say how it was supposedly served on...

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

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jul 1, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
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 for each state. I also don't know what "paperwork" you received. It sounds more like a foreclosure proceeding that is going on. At any rate, I suggest you contact a lawyer near you ASAP to prevent...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 28, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
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 someone wants to charge me $1,000.00 for that same bag, and I voluntarily choose to pay it, then I can't very well complain about it the next day. Didn't the mechanic present you with the costs of the...

Q: I financed a Nissan Altima in 2016. The car was repossessed & sold in Nov of 2016 yet I am still paying car notes. Help?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on May 17, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
It is probably legal, yes. You need to have a local lawyer look into this for you, but even though you returned the car, you are still liable for the deficiency balance owed after the car is sold and the proceeds applied. You might look into whether the car was sold for more or less than the statutory balance required at a sale. If it was sold for less, you might be able to attack the sale and Forde them to resolve it.

Q: my puppy was almost killed by a toy. can I go after the company for vet bills

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on May 4, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If you mean a pet toy, possibly--if you can show it was being used in the manner intended.

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