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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 Civil Rights and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: In oregon how can I get my belongings out of a storage unit that is only in my daughter's na

We opened the unit together but I paid it.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Sep 1, 2021

When you say you opened it together, if you co-signed the rental agreement, the storage facility should have no problem allowing you access as long as your rent is paid to date. If you are not on the rental agreement, then your daughter will have to access the unit or possibly the storage facility... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: In Oregon, if I want to sue someone for defrauding me, what kind of civil suit attorney is needed
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Aug 10, 2021

You should very carefully review things with a local tort attorney. Fraud is often difficult to prove; you normally must prove specific damages, and the standard of proof is higher than for most other civil lawsuits (Clear and Convincing as opposed to just a preponderance). Often there may be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Do I need to send letter certified mail, return receipt requested, relief from debt before suing civilly

My ex has me 23,000 in debt to him by lying. If I have proof of his deceet, should I ask him to legally squash it or just file small claims or civil suit and then provide the courts with my proof?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Aug 10, 2021

The small claims limit in Oregon is $10,000 so that may not be your best route. Not sure what you are thinking of filing in court. If he erroneously claims you owe him money, you simply don't pay him. His choice will ultimately be to either drop the matter or sue you for it in court - and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Are there any pro Bono or low cost/payments attorneys near 97801 that can help me file a civil suit against someone.

Thousands of dollars = $10,000.00+.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jul 30, 2021

If you qualify financially, contact the Oregon State Bar Association's Modest Means program for names of lower-cost attorneys in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Storage business said they have 24hour video surveillance they don't we were broke into and lost big
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jun 30, 2021

You may want to review your agreement with the storage company before filing a lawsuit. It may well limit their liability and/or advise (require?) you to have insurance on the storage bin contents. It may also matter how/what they promised regarding video surveillance and what happened (did it not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Collections for Oregon on
Q: Statute of limitations for 10-year debt?

Hello,

I received a collection notice from a debt collector (from old phone company) for a 10-year debt. Are they within the SoL to collect? I wrote and confirmed the balance owed from 2011, but had never received a bill for this balance until last week. I haven't received any other... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Apr 27, 2021

Whether it is past the statute of limitations depends on a few things. First, exactly what is trying to be collecting upon? The original debt or a court judgment against you arising out of that debt? IF it ever was reduced to a court Judgment, Judgments in Oregon are good for 10 years and maybe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: In Oregon small claims trial, phone/ video trial, what if Plaintiff misses a deadline for sending evidence to the court?

If the Plaintiff did not send documents, exhibits to the Defendant 7 days before the video/phone trial, can the Plaintiff enter any evidence on the day of the trial? Should the Defendant object to any evidence presented?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Mar 22, 2021

Yes the defendant should (and likely will) object. The penalty, if any, is up to the Judge. They could go forward anyway; they could dismiss the plaintiff's case for failure to comply with the rules; the judge issue a continuance with instructions to finish the production and come back to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I send a woman in MO. $1,000 for a puppy that was never given to me

She took it to her vet and there was a problem with his knee which she hid from me.She was mad when I called her vet in MO. and found out .Bottom line she won’t give me my deposit back and won’t answer the phone . What can I do ?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Feb 4, 2021

Assuming it is too late to stop payment or request a charge back on a debit or credit card payment, and negotiation doesn't resolve anything, your bottom line options are to sue her in court - and then try to collect. Normally, you could sue in either the location the transaction was made or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: What are the laws regarding animal ownership when it pertains to not giving a dog back?

My sister-in-law moved into a house with some friends. She also brought her dog. She was kicked out a few weeks later. When asked when they would be home to pick up the dog, they said that they were not going to give the dog back. They had stolen a family member of our house. What are the options... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jan 11, 2021

Stealing an animal is no different than stealing anything else - legally speaking. The real issue is likely to be how can you prove the dog is hers? Receipts? Vet appointments? Especially prior to her moving in? If you think you can prove the ownership issue, then you can first file a police... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: CAN I GET A COPY OF A RECORDED CONVERSATION FROM UNITED SERVICE PROTECTION IF I SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH THEM?

I SIGNED A CONTRACT AND PURCHASED AN EXTENDED WARRANTY FOR MY VEHICLE UNDER THE INPRESSION THE INJECTORS WERE COVERED. I SPECIFICALLY ASKED MULTIPLE TIMES ABOUT INJECTORS AND WAS TOLD YES. THEY DID NOT COVER THE INJECTORS, THE SALESMAN IS NO LONGER EMPLOYED AND THEY WILL NOT GIVE ME ANY RECORDINGS... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Nov 4, 2020

They do not have to provide you with any of their records unless and until you file a lawsuit against them in court and then issue a request for production. At that point, if they admit having the records, they would be obligated to either provide the requested material or to legally deny their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I broke a window in a house near the park and the owner is charging me for the window repair and his labor fixing it

The owner of the home sent me the invoice of the new window cost, and then wants to charge me $25 an hour for 4 hours of his labor putting in the new window. Do I need to pay for his labor?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Oct 21, 2020

Of course you owe the labor cost for repairing the damage you caused. $25 per hour seems reasonable but whether 4 hours is a reasonable amount of time depends upon the exact details. It might or might not be. Do consider, however, that someone had to go to a store; get a replacement window... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: So I have a legit claim in small claims court? Or should I go a different route to recover my financial loss?

I got in a relationship with my ex girlfriend in November of last year. She was in just an absolutely terrible financial situation. She was gonna lose the house due to unpaid property taxes the city was gonna forclose on the house In 6 months or less and she was gonna lose the house. So I stepped... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Sep 14, 2020

Much depends upon the exact details of what the mutual understanding was at the time. At the time you paid the property taxes, was it structured as a loan? What were the re-payment terms? Interest? Or was it a gift at the time or simply not discussed? Are you seeking reimbursement for expenses... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I was awarded spousal support in my divorce. My ex suddenly stopped paying it. With limited resources, what can I do?

I have tried to reach out to him but he will not respond to my calls/texts/emails but I do know he is working. I don't live in the area where he resides and where our divorce took place either, so that makes it difficult as well. What can I do to compel him to pay the support that he owes? He... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jun 19, 2020

This is really a matter best taken up with your divorce lawyer since they are the most familiar with all the details of your case. You likely have options such as asking the divorce court to find him in contempt of court (that usually gets results) for failing to pay per the court order; you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Do I have to file a small claims suit in the state that the business is in !!
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on May 18, 2020

If a company does business in Oregon, it is subject to being sued in Oregon. If it does not, it likely is not.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Do I have to pay for the satisfaction of judgement paperwork to be notarized for the person who sued me?

I was involved in a small claims court case. There was a judgement filed against me. After 2 years I finally had the money to send them in full with interest. I sent them a cashiers check, along with a prestamped envelope to send back to me so I could deliver it to the court. They mailed it back to... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Mar 31, 2020

Really? You want to fight over the cost of a notary? The Covid-19 situation may impede the processing of the Satisfaction of Judgment but it is the creditor's obligation to file the satisfaction with the court. You should just stay out of it, beyond demanding that they file the document of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: 1/2 I told the wrong info to my coworker about our work schedule(not my intention, it is an honest mistake) resulting to

(2/2) ...him not able to work on his other job at other company. Am I obligated to pay him for his lost job hours? (Again not my intention to tell him wrong info)

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Mar 15, 2020

If you are this fellow's manager or the person who officially schedules his work hours, maybe there is some sort of potential liability. But if not, you just gave him your best knowledge. It did not come with a guarantee of accuracy and ultimately it was his responsibility to determine his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Do I need to pay a deposit back to someone I replaced on an apartment lease?

There was no discussion of paying a deposit back and I’ve been threatened with a small claims court case.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Mar 10, 2020

Unless you specifically agreed, any security deposit charges or refund is strictly between the landlord and the ex-tenant. If a new "replacement" tenant paid it to the out-going tenant, the new tenant can end up paying for any damages the landlord alleges caused by the out-going person.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I was in small claims court mediation and Plaintiff communicated she had recorded our conversations, unknown to me.

Can a Plaintiff use recorded conversation as evidence in a small claims trial, if the recorded conversation was obtained without the knowledge of the Defendants?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Feb 4, 2020

Anything said in court sponsored mediation is inadmissible at trial.

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