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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for New York on
Q: I let someone borrow $2,500 and the person does not want to pay me back, can I sue that person to get my money back?
Carl Nelson
Carl Nelson
answered on Feb 17, 2024

If there was an agreement to pay the funds back, you can sue to recover…the questions are (1) can you prove the debt (especially if the agreement was oral rather than written); (2) how much time and cost will you incur to being an action; and (3) is there a means to collect on a judgment.

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2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability and Small Claims for New York on
Q: What can I say in court if he wants to take it to small claims court.

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answered on Nov 30, 2023

If you're facing a small claims court case, it's important to prepare your defense thoroughly. Begin by gathering all relevant evidence that supports your side of the story. This can include documents, receipts, contracts, emails, photographs, or any other material that is pertinent to... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability and Small Claims for New York on
Q: What can I say in court if he wants to take it to small claims court.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 29, 2023

If someone wants to bring a claim against you in small claims court, one option could be to discuss the person's dispute or dissatisfaction to find out if court could be avoided through negotiation. If the matter has already gone to court, the other option could be to determine if you have any... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Neighbor told landlord that they were going to sue me because my dogs are barking… Landlord texted us and told us…

It’s been a few weeks since the neighbor complained and I have been working to address it… I noticed my dogs bark when they see people walk by so when I am home I make sure they are under control and when I am gone I put them in a small quiet room with no windows and with toys… to try to keep... View More

Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
answered on Nov 19, 2023

Dear Manlius Tenant:

The statutory warranty of habitability is confined to the tenant and landlord relationship. A neighbor does not possess the right to claim a breach by another tenant. Lawsuits based on the notion of private nuisance are expensive and difficult to establish. A court is...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Neighbor told landlord that they were going to sue me because my dogs are barking… Landlord texted us and told us…

It’s been a few weeks since the neighbor complained and I have been working to address it… I noticed my dogs bark when they see people walk by so when I am home I make sure they are under control and when I am gone I put them in a small quiet room with no windows and with toys… to try to keep... View More

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

In New York, dealing with a neighbor's complaint about dog barking can be a delicate situation. It's commendable that you're taking steps to control your dogs' barking. If your neighbor proceeds with a lawsuit, they would need to prove that the barking is excessive and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Should I continue to take this to small claims court or should I take it to regular Court our home was three floors High

I received a violation ticket for demolition without a permit that proves that the house was still mine no money was exchanged yet

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answered on Nov 11, 2023

In determining whether to pursue your case in small claims court or a regular court in New York, consider the nature and complexity of your dispute. Small claims courts are typically suited for simpler, lower-value cases and can be faster and less formal. Regular courts can handle more complex... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Last year we loaned a cousin $2500 and were told we'd get it back in a week, so far we received $100 months ago

We also found out she has done this to many others with the same lines to the tune of over $20,000 and also sent us checks that were not worth the paper they were written on.

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answered on Nov 4, 2023

You might consider taking legal action to recover your funds. If the amount loaned is $2,500 and you have only received $100 back, you could potentially file a claim in small claims court, where you can sue for amounts typically up to $5,000 in New York.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims, Copyright, Business Law and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: The Skullgirls team has taken a digital product that many people purchased and altered it in very significant ways.

The Skullgirls team has taken a digital product that many people purchased and altered it in very significant ways. They've cut out entire pages from the art book, removed and re-announced voice lines, and drawn over concept art to make it less offensive. The current Skullgirls team, while... View More

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answered on Nov 4, 2023

If you purchased a digital product like a game or an art book, the terms of the sale, including any End User License Agreement (EULA), will typically govern what the seller can and cannot do after the purchase. Many digital products come with licenses that allow the company to update or alter the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Got chemical burns to my face and scalp, from Blonde Solutions hair products applied by their Educator. who do I sue?

After visiting a dermatologist, I found out the person listed as an Educator was an Unlicensed stylist.

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Sep 8, 2023

Sorry to hear what happened to you. If the educator was the individual who applied (or misapplied) the hair product in question, you would arguably sue that person along with his or her employer (assuming the educator was acting within the scope of employment). In the meantime, take photographs... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Small Claims for New York on
Q: If compulsory censorship happens to a digital good, artbook or game AFTER a sale. is that effectively theft?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 11, 2023

If the censorship arose out of circumstances beyond the control or knowledge of the seller, such as more stringent standards materializing out of new interpretations of the First Amendment, it might be a constitutional law issue more than a matter of theft, fraud, or misrepresentation. An attorney... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Small Claims for New York on
Q: If compulsory censorship happens to a digital good, artbook or game AFTER a sale. is that effectively theft?
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answered on Aug 10, 2023

Compulsory censorship of a digital good, such as an artbook or a game, after a sale may not be considered theft in the legal sense, but it could potentially lead to other legal issues or breaches of contract, depending on the circumstances and the terms of the sale or licensing agreement.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Former friend and I went on vacation in August, and now that we've had a major falling out, he invoiced me. Do i owe?

He paid for a good amount of the trip, but at the time had offered and was okay with everything. We were apart of a non profit org together, and after we removed him from the board for sexual misconduct (against me) hes retaliated. Hes sent me an invoice for our trip of over 1200 dollars. Am i... View More

David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin
answered on Jul 26, 2023

This is like a question on a bar exam. The question is what was the agreement at the time the money was expended, not at a later time. Therefore, since the expenses were a "gift" at the time they were incurred, that is, there was no intent at that time to ask for reimbursement, the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Did my landlord follow the NYS security deposit law?

My landlord has provided an itemized statement and receipts for the deductions made to my security deposit through text messaging only, the day of the deadline (14th day) to send both itemized statement and remainder of security deposit to me by mail. I did not receive the remainder of the security... View More

Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
answered on Jul 19, 2023

Dear Poughkeepsie Tenant:

So little law is developed in courts throughout the State dealing with the tenant security deposit statute. Likely, you would sue in Small Claims Court. I cannot predict that a local Small Claims Court would not decide that the text message satisfied the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New York on
Q: How can I protect myself when ex-friend is harassing me and trying to extort money from me? Is her case even valid?

I stayed with a friend in another state. I asked if I could visit her and she agreed. We did not discuss any payment. I slept on her floor for 5 nights. We did some outdoor photo shoots together, since my friend is a photographer. After I left, she sent me a nasty email demanding $1730 for the... View More

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answered on May 22, 2023

Without knowing the state your friend lives in, none of us can say for sure, but from my NY perspective, unless you had an agreement in advance, she cannot unilaterally demand "rent" for 5 days on her floor now that she's mad at you. Your text, while not all that helpful, probably... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Libel & Slander for New York on
Q: Can my friend sue me for rent and transportation services after I stayed with them as a guest?

I recently stayed at my friend's apartment. I had asked in advance if I could come and she consented. We did not discuss any payment. I slept on the apartment floor for 5 nights. They picked me up from the airport and we did some travel activities together. We also did some outdoor photo shoot... View More

Carl Nelson
Carl Nelson
answered on May 20, 2023

A text, after the fact, stating “ I’m happy to pay the expenses you demanded” is not itself a contract. The factual circumstances and your friend’s specific claim as to why they claim you owe the money will be the relevant points. If, for example, your friend claimed there was in fact an... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Collections and Contracts for New York on
Q: I was contacted by a lawyer who presented himself as "a debt collector" through a motion to disclose in New York State.

The action in question was a contract for a rental agreement, Between a company that I can no longer locate and occured in 2010.

It is my belief that this lawyer, debt collector, purchsed the debt and after 13 yrs.

although there was some contact before the 6 yr period elapsed,... View More

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Mar 29, 2023

Realistically you need the help of an attorney to prepare your motion papers, or at least review what you plan to submit. That is what is indicated from the way your case has proceeded so far. Alternatively you can continue on your own and accept whatever result comes. Be aware that if the case... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Looking for a small claims court lawyer in Queens NY

I have a default judgment in my favor, against the defendant from the small claims court for lost personal property damages. I have tried contacting the defendant many times and have had the court sent over the judgment many times but he refuses to respond or make any contact. I want to know what... View More

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Mar 3, 2023

What you need is a lawyer who can utilize the judgment enforcement devices found in article 52 of the CPLR, the most common ones being bank levies and wage garnishments. The effectiveness of these procedures depends on whether the defendant has collectible assets: this can be determined from a skip... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New York on
Q: I requested a refund of a security deposit from a apartment that I did not take. Company refuses to refund my deposit.

I did not move into the apartment at any time. I did not sign a lease nor did I receive keys. I requested a deposit because my step father passed away he was my mothers caregiver and I now have to be responsible for her and my uncle who is autistic and both need round the clock care. I sent a... View More

Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
answered on Feb 24, 2023

Dear Islip Tenant

You did not create a tenant security deposit without signing a lease. The security deposit statute is not involved.

Your right to sue for recovery of the money turned over as a hold deposit depend on the writen disclosure made and signed by you and the written...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for New York on
Q: new york time to file an answer time the court filing is saying I was served on Jan 12 with an email but I was not

the case was fraud by employee and I need time to find counsel what rights do I have for appeal of judgement or vacant the judgement

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Feb 17, 2023

First, if you are a corporation you may not, by law, represent yourself: you need an attorney. Second, you may move to vacate the judgment presenting a reasonable excuse for the default and a potentially meritorious defense to the claim. From the limited information you provided, it seems you may... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New York on
Q: How do I sue him for 500? I wanted my things I have to come up with 500 just to access to get my things that's not fair

I tryed to resolve this issue within the 30dats he was the one who prolonged this not me my husband and in made numerious attempts he ignored us

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answered on Jan 26, 2023

If you pay the money but don't feel it was just, you may commence a case in Small Claims Court to recover the money you believe was collected wrongly. However, if you owe money for rent arrears, the landlord may counterclaim against you.

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