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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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: Being sued by portfolio Recovery Associates for a bad debt. Not working, can't afford lawyer what now?
Peter N. Munsing
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
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 28, 2018

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: got a screw in my food at dennys
Tim Akpinar
Tim 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
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 28, 2018

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania on
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Where can one find a collection of law reviews?
Cary B. Hall
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
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...
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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
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
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
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 1, 2018

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Weinberg & Assoc. levied our bank acct. They represent Ally Bank for auto loan repo 2016. Never served. Legal?
Peter N. Munsing
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
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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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
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... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
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?

I financed the car from a Nissan dealership. i was late on three payments before the car was repossessed and sold. I was told I could pay the full car amount, give the car up, or it would be repossessed. I took the car back up to the dealership due to me not wanting the car to be repossessed. Once... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 17, 2018

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: my puppy was almost killed by a toy. can I go after the company for vet bills
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 4, 2018

If you mean a pet toy, possibly--if you can show it was being used in the manner intended.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: A car that was suppose to be repo'd over 3 years ago was never picked up. What can i do with the car now?

Car was financed thru Condor Capital. I contacted them on 3 separate occasions requesting they pick up the vehicle. During that time their vehicle contract license was taken away. The balance of the car and the missed payments are no longer on my credit report. I don't want to open up any... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Apr 24, 2018

Contact Cary Flitter, Esq. at 888-668-1225 or consumers@consumerslaw.com. Great guy and his firm is in Narberth, and they have specific experience with Condor Capital. Please tell him I referred you to him, and best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can i sue McDonalds for serving my wife and i raw burgers which we ingested not even thinking it could be raw?

My wife is pregnant and raw meat can literally kill our unborn child. They refunded a portion of our order and replaced the burgers and they were still raw

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Apr 4, 2018

Your question went out to the family law attorneys. You should discuss this with a personal injury attorney. My thoughts are that, unless you actually suffered damages, there are no grounds for a lawsuit, but, as I said, you should check with a personal injury attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Energy, Oil and Gas for Pennsylvania on
Q: Judge rules for motion to compel interrogatory response on personal, private matters. How to disobey legally? Defense?

How to properly ask the judge after decision made to reconsider. Other side asking about current health issues and history because we want to opt out of a dangerous smart meter technology.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 26, 2018

You have to give the responses. You can appeal later.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Appeals / Appellate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How should i best handle charges due to U-Haul truck damages that I did not cause?

Dispatch:

- truck was not checked with me by an employee (neglect of standard procedure)

- no damages during trip - not even contact with a tree

- dropped -off that day

- week later charges for 2,000 in damages put on credit card they had on file with not so much as... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 22, 2018

Hope you told your credit card company the amount is in dispute. Did you have witnesses? Find out what they are claiming are the damages--if it's things like undercarriage likely you didn't cause them.

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