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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: How/where do I get compensated for hair loss from a hair product with misleading/false claims?

Hi, I’ve been looking for a lawyer to take my case, but with no avail. So I’ve been trying to do it on my own, but can’t. I would greatly appreciate knowing where or how I can get help getting compensation for this, if/what letter I can send, or if I have to go to small claims, etc.. Thank... Read more »

Virgil Royer
Virgil Royer answered on Sep 24, 2021

There are few things more frustrating that companies that make promises to their customers, who rely on the promise, then only to find out that it is a lie. "Best Burgers in Town", "World-Famous Pizza", those all make us expect their products to be good--if not the best in town.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal to build a snowman using snow from someone else's property?

They don't have a fenced in yard or any signs that say private property.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

It sounds like you may be trespassing on their property. For a definitive answer you need to sit down with a local criminal defense attorney to evaluate the specifics of your situation.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Intellectual Property and Small Claims for California on
Q: What is the law regarding replacing sentimental property that is damaged in the state of California

I had a leak in my ceiling in the apartment I rent. They rushed me out put me in another apartment but they damaged a lot of my property and a lot of it with sentimental value including an airplane propeller that my ex-boyfriend UPS to me when I got my bachelor's degree from flight school he... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Sep 22, 2021

This would not be an intellectual property question, but there's not really a law in regards to this. This would be more appropriately a question for the insurance company that was used to fix the ceiling. As far as I know though, most insurance companies don't give any additional value... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for California on
Q: How to file an Appeal for limited civil case in a unlawful Detainer eviction Just cause. Possession of property.

Couldn’t remember if I was supposedly served by summons UD around time I was severely sick or if I found it on my door as landlord had posted 2 violations of lease. Minor noise an corrected it. And stated number two. I asked. They brought number one noise complaint 3 days apart after being a... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 21, 2021

Filing an Appeal is a technical and difficult task, even for an attorney, and you need to hire one to protect your rights. The problem is that an appeal is a "review of the record" of the trial, and what you are mentioning in your post is the evidence that you should have put on at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can a gas station owner tow a vehicle that is broke down after being told you were going to autozone to get the part

And agrees to give you until that afternoon. But as soon as you leave to get the part he tows the vehicle

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 21, 2021

Unless the gas station owner was the government, this is not "Civil Rights". Sounds like you have the perfect case for Small Claims. Take all the receipts for paying to get your car out.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a lawyer serve me court papers for a credit card bill 13 years old in ri?

This collection agency has been doing this to me over and over. I'm on disability and can't afford this and I can't handle the stress.

Albin Moser
Albin Moser answered on Sep 21, 2021

Usually you cannot be sued on a credit card debt that is older than ten years. Also, recipients of Social Security Disability are usually not subject to collection. If all you have is disability benefits, then the collection agency or law firm cannot take your money. If you explain that you are on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: What kind of lawyer do I need to look for? Where do I start with everything in general? How can this all happen?

evictions case from 2013, started receiving notices for the first time towards end of July 2021, all 3 summons were signed by 1 of 3 defendants but another defendant was not informed (to the best of my knowledge) garnished wages for a total amount between now 2 defendants unknown how much each will... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 21, 2021

A Utah attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You present a number of issues to sort out, and it's possible you might benefit from an attorney who has insight into a number of the different areas (such as L-T) you describe. In terms of your immediate needs, a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: How I do I get my things back?

Hello! My ex-fiancé told me after we broke up that he would bring me my things as I left quite a bit at the apartment we shared. It has been over 4 months now and he has not brought me my things or responded to my texts. I don’t mind having to go get my things but I don’t know if I can legally... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

I suggest contacting the landlord and coordinating a time to obtain your things. You can also reach out to law enforcement as they often act as a peacekeeper to ensure no issues arise while you are retrieving your things.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: My ex boyfriend never disclosed his HIV status to me in our relationship. How to take legal action?

We engaged in sex multiple on many occasions before my knowledge of his status and he had even avoided using condoms beforehand as well. I’m not HIV positive however feel like I still should get justice and protect others along the path. How can I go about getting justice? I know nothing about... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 14, 2021

Your unlikely to win much in a lawsuit if you did not in fact get sick because your damages are hard to calculate. But you could call the police. Felonious Assault 2nd degree felony punishable by 2-8 years:

(B) No person, with knowledge that the person has tested positive as a carrier of a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Insurance Defense and Small Claims for California on
Q: If loaner company knew I had a nonowners insurance policy does that mean they are held liable for any damage done tocar

They didn’t offer additional coverage, knew I had nonowners & loaned a vehicle. Vehicle was damaged & nonowner policy won’t cover it saying they should’ve never let me drive away with it. Am I responsible for the damages to the car? Or are they because of negligent entrustment?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 11, 2021

Normally "negligent entrustment" is when someone entrusts property to a third person who then injures you. Claiming to be the incompetent person to whom the property was entrusted is an interesting legal theory but it may not fly in court. You don't say how the car was damaged.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for California on
Q: This business I have took my money I haven’t hold up their terms could I seek Legal action

I went to the business Luxe Bijoux Llc 5/11/21 and place the order of a charm that was supposed to be delivered by 6/26/21The charm didn’t come in time every since I made my deposit of $6000 I’ve been getting the runaround is it any legal action I can take against this company for breaching the... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 11, 2021

Sue them. Breach of Contract, Small Claims. Be sure to have the Sheriff serve the complaint on them.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for California on
Q: If I win a small claims case I. California is the burden on me to collect what is owed? This does not makes sense to me.
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 11, 2021

Yes, absolutely. Once you win the Small Claims case, the court is done with you unless you have other matters, like an examination of judgment debtor. This falls into the category of "enforcement of judgment" and there are forms to do that, like obtaining an abstract of judgment which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I sue my home inspector for failing to mention the electrical panel?

I recently purchase a home and hired a home inspector and had the property inspected and decided to move on with the sale. After living in the property for almost a year I hired an electrician, so I could add an outlet for my TV when the contractor saw my panel he refused to work on my property. He... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 11, 2021

The statute of limitations for negligence is 2 years, breach of contract 4 years, but sometimes different periods apply to certain professionals, such as home inspectors. IMO you need to get your electrical problem solved first, and RETAIN THE OLD PANEL AS EVIDENCE. Take lots of photos showing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Do I send newLetter w another 30 dayDeadline to total 60day altogether orSend newLetter w 60day deadline to total 90day?

A business violated theDeceptiveTradePracticesAct & false advertised. They advertisedProduct forCertainPrice & I went to store location the special advertised price wasLocated theyRefused toHonor theAdvertisedPrice. I was given runAround & excusesSo I contacted corporate about it and... Read more »

Leroy Scott
Leroy Scott answered on Sep 10, 2021

Two wrong letters won't make it right. Send a new letter giving 60 days, unless doing so will cause the statute of limitation to run, in which case, you do not need to give notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: HowDoIFix/proceedAfterGivingIncorrect deadlineOf30day inDemandLetter whichShouldOf stated60day soICanFileLawsuitInCourt?

A business violated theDeceptiveTradePracticesAct & false advertised.  They advertisedProduct forCertainPrice & I went to store location the special advertised price wasLocated theyRefused toHonor theAdvertisedPrice.  I was given runAround & excusesSo I contacted corporate about it... Read more »

Leroy Scott
Leroy Scott answered on Sep 10, 2021

You can send a new letter, unless doing so would cause you to miss the 2 years statute of limitation, in which case, you can file the lawsuit with giving notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Small Claims for Louisiana on
Q: Can my ex husband obligate my daughter & grandkids 16 & 11 myself to leave house after hurricane IDA ?

Ex husband house has electricity and running water , its safe and secure , my grandson has asthma and my daughter and i have health conditions

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 7, 2021

If your ex husband bought the house before you were married or after you were divorced you have no right to squat in his home. However, if the home was purchased during the marriage, you are a co-owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: Can my landlord place a clause in my rental agreement that I can’t change my address info to my new residence?

Oral agreement, demanding cash only, not allowed to change mailing address or have proof of residence to new residence as it might affect her SSDI. refuses to give rent receipts, has changed the rental agreement and then broken it in a 10 day span and then served notice of termination of tenancy,... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Sep 4, 2021

No, because there's no such thing as inserting a clause in an oral agreement. Clauses are written, and your rent paid is paid.

She sounds like a loon. Just move and end the drama.

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Florida on
Q: do I have to pay 20 year old debt

in 2001 i left my boat at the marina unable to pay rent yesterday i got letter to pay money

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 3, 2021

No. The statute of limitations is much shorter than that.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Public Benefits and Small Claims for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue president of my organization if he goes contrary to our constitution to remove members who do not support him?

We are a membership organization of about 20 members. The president who goes contrary to our constitution removed about 9 members who oppose his leadership style. We have funds that belongs to all of us and we all need to affect the use of this fund even if we exit the organization as he wants. Our... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 3, 2021

Take the organization constitution to a lawyer to review, and evaluate your legal options, as well as actions you can take under the constitution, such as calling a special meeting, holding a new election, removal of the president, etc., whatever the provisions allow. Recourse to the courts... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Criminal Law, Banking and Collections for Florida on
Q: A while back I had a friend he opened a credit card and added me as a authorized user I got my own card and he got his

We stopped talking haven’t had any contact for months and I’ve been taking care of the card making on time payments there is a balance due and he just froze the account and took me off the account as of today. If I don’t pay that amount that’s left owed now on the account could I be held... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Sep 3, 2021

As an authorized user, you are not responsible to the credit card company for the balance unless the cardholder agreement specifically makes you liable. Otherwise,

The balance is on him.

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