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Q: I purchased a performance tuner from a company online and wasn’t satisfied and they make the claim on their home page

I purchased a performance tuner from a company online and wasn’t satisfied and they make the claim on their home page, “money back guarantee” yet they won’t answer me and are purposefully ignoring my emails. What can i do to handle this?

The link to the site is... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

File a claim with that state's Attorney General Consumer Protection Division. You can also contact the Pa. Atty General Consumer Protection division.

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Q: Can i sue the Civil engineer/Architect for fees paid if they fail to deliver the approved plans?

The plans by Civil Engineer and Architect have not been approved by the city as they do not meet codes. I have paid them in full and they are not making any attempts to rectify the issue. I would like to get back the fees I have paid and compensation for my wasted time. What practice area lawyer... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 10, 2019

A trial attorney or litigator.

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Q: 8 yrs ago I had a french drain installed, I just found out that about 30 ft of it has no pipe installed. Is it too

This week I tried to dig up some of the drain which never worked to see if I could fix it. I found out that about 30 ft only had gravel and no drain pipe installed (right in the problem area) Do I have any recourse?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 6, 2019

Unless you have some sort of a written guaranty or warranty, probably not.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: Help!

My electric bill has been unusually high, so I called them. They informed me I had a 3rd party supplier on my bill I was unaware of. I called said 3rd party and they informed me that I had added them to my account last summer. Going through the details it came across that my sister had given them... Read more »

Adam Savett
Adam Savett answered on Aug 30, 2019

I would suggest you file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Here is a link to resources on the process and directions on how to file a complaint:

http://www.puc.state.pa.us/filing_resources/filing_complaints.aspx

Note that the PUC specifically...
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Q: If a business states they will give a refund, then refuse, can I take them to small claims court?

I paid registration fees to an event services business to attend several events they were hosting. I am unable to attend these events and and I notified them months in advance. I did sign a contract that stated registration fees are non-refundable, however I had an option to find another vendor... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 16, 2019

Perhaps. But you may not be able to sue them in the small claims court where you live.

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Q: Can the repo company charge a fee to get my personal belonging back
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 13, 2019

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Couple I'm renting to are breaking up and one of them wants to leave. Who is the responsible party?

The problem is that the person who is leaving is the one that provided the security deposit. And I don't believe that the remaining person can afford the rent by themself. The lease expires at the end of the year. Who do I hold responsible? Who's security deposit am I holding?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 9, 2019

What does your lease state? If they both signed the lease, they are both responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: May,I file for these patents upon expiration?

I know the guy and he could rewrite those identifications to exhibit his knowledge about each of the patents. Also what does the 'grant' detail as a per say award to the person. Plus, would you be clear with returning the answers and does a 'grant' expire and who is eligible to a United States... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Aug 2, 2019

You should redirect your question to Patents.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: In PA, can you sue a parent company when a local branch of the same company, an independent contractor, harms you?
Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Jul 19, 2019

There isn't enough information provided to actually answer this properly. If the local branch is a franchisee typically you cannot go after the franchisor. However, more facts are needed to truly respond properly.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How to get out of closing of a new house?

My husband & I signed a purchase agreement for a new house. The construction will begin now. During the closing which will happen in November, Is there a chance to get out of it just for me? What are the circumstances that I might face?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 12, 2019

You need to review the purchase agreement to determine what your rights are. The agreement should state what your legal obligations are.

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Q: Do I need to go through with child support?

I went to welfare today and told the guy at the desk I didn't want child support. After talking for a while and signing a few papers I found out one of the papers was to find the father after I told him I didn't want it done. Can I stop them from finding the dad if I don't want child support?

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 10, 2019

I'm not 100% sure, but it's my understanding that DPW may require you to seek child support before you're qualified to receive public assistance yourself. Either that, or *DPW* will file a petition for child support against Father to seek reimbursement for the public assistance you receive.... Read more »

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Q: if I have a judgement against me can I arrange a payment plan, do i file with the court or the plaintiffs attorney?

$10,000 judgement against me for leaving a lease early. It was due to me being hit by a car, out of work, couldn't afford my rent. Then I was stuck in a snowstorm couldn't make it to court they entered a judgement against me even though I requested a continuance.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 9, 2019

Contact the plaintiffs attorney and make arrangements to resolve this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Products Liability for Pennsylvania on
Q: Credit application sign jointly, company refiled it seperately without our consent. Are they liable for anything?

We signed a contract with a window company. We filled out the credit application jointly (my husband and I). It was denied and the window company reapplied seperately to different companies to get us the financing. They did not check with us regarding this and it has now hit out credit report as... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 19, 2019

Sorry to inform you but "hitting your credit rating twice" is not actionable at law because you cannot prove any damages. At best you can complain about the creditor to the credit reporting agency--who probably has a file on this same window company.

P.S. The credit application you and...
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Q: If you purchased a mobile home on a sales agreement and that agreement has been paid infull and no title
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 14, 2019

If the entire debt has been paid--including any late fees--The seller is required to give you a title.

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Q: We sold our building and back lot with a contract not through a lawyer but it was notarized almost a year ago.

We did not put an end date on it. We slipped up. We just did a Demand for Payment giving him 10 days too pay or we go to the DJ and now he is fighting us because there is no end date.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 13, 2019

Proceed to adjudication, even with the incomplete contract. Buyers who take advantage of silly mistakes to avoid paying for the property are not well-liked by most judges.

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Q: can a seller add stipulations, after the offer was accepted already?

They asked to rent the garage for 45 days after closing, now they want 90 days rent free because of the closing cost they have to cover due to the FHA loan stipulations! I had planned on opening my own business in this garage! Is that legal?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 30, 2019

Unless there is some written agreement otherwise, the sellers cannot just take over your garage--after closing. So you do not have to allow them any more storage time, especially free storage time.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Why does opposing counsel have different people from the firm contact me instead of the lead counsel?

I am the plaintiff in a civil suit (domestic violence) and was counter-sued. I eventually had to go pro se because I ran out of money. The firm representing the other side has since taken to having multiple junior lawyers contact me and when asked about the issue, was told that rules of evidence... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 28, 2019

Here are answers to your three questions:

"My questions: a. am I entitled to a single point of contact?" Answer: No.

b. can I insist on written communication to keep things straight? Answer: Yes, but they may not agree to it.

c. how do I deal with a conference call of...
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Q: Can two lawyers from the same firm, one is licensed in NJ and the other is licensed in PA share fees from a PA case.
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 28, 2019

I am unaware of any bar association in the United States that does not allow its licensed lawyers to split or share fees with any other LICENSED lawyer in any other state. So, unless the rules of the PA Bar Association forbid its licensed lawyers from splitting legal fees with any lawyers who are... Read more »

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Q: Is a contractor entitled to a deposit for work not done yet and no contract. All I have is an estimate for the work only

I already paid for all the materials

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 14, 2019

Yes, unless there is a written contract that says otherwise. Your very best bet here is to go through with the rest of the VERBAL contract and let the contractor finish the work he promised to do. (And get a contract in writing.)

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Q: Regarding a nonprofit entity, what is the law concerning first right of refusal with a property for sale?

I submitted a bid on a property that was being sold by another nonprofit agency and the real estate agent ignored our submission.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 30, 2019

It's up to the property holder as to whether they wish to respond. Common courtesy would suggest they respond. You may always submit a bid to the officers /board of the non-profit. But like any seller, they may decline if it doesn't match their offer. An offer of sale is for a stated price. Most... Read more »

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