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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Business Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I signed a paper in November saying I was getting a dollar raise I have not received my raise yet.

I signed a paper saying I was getting a dollar raise back in November, we are now in January and I have not received my raise on my paychecks. My pay stubs still say the same amount. I have talked to my boss more than one time about this and was told the bookkeeper was going to fix this but has not... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jan 2, 2022

Other than quitting, or bugging them, they really is not much you can do until you are no longer employed there. Once you leave, assuming they do not fix it, then you have some options that will get you the back wages and likely penalties as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: So it turns out my stroke is directly linked to my use of Advil. I never knew how dangerous it was. Can you help?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 14, 2021

An Oregon attorney could probably advise best, but your question remains open for a week. In terms of your question asking for help, a likely response may be that you would need to reach out to law firms to discuss in further detail. Firms that handle cases involving medications will look at an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I transferred schools without unregistering from the classes of the previous school. Though I did not receive education

I notified the school when I requested my transcripts. My attendance will show I did not attend any classes. Do I have a case for small claims court?

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

You don't say what the school's policy is on refunds and/or withdrawal mid-term but it likely would govern. That said, if you didn't tell them I strongly doubt a court would give you any refund.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Im representing myself, How do you ask for extended time to answer
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Oct 7, 2021

Everyone represents themselves in small claims court. You have to file an Appearance within the 14 days or face a default. You can file a motion asking for more time to answer, explaining why you need it. You best have a good reason or the Judge is not likely to grant it and you will start off... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Is there a statue of limitations in Oregon regarding civil suit?

Specifically in Umatilla Co.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Oct 6, 2021

Yes. What it is depends upon the nature of the civil suit or perhaps what claims are elected to be made - i.e. some events may give rise to more than one way of claiming damages and each may have a different statute of limitations.

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.

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