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Q: Is it a good idea to opt out of a class action settlement notice you get in the mail?
Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Jan 24, 2018

You really need to talk with a lawyer about that, before making a decision. It will turn on the nature of the class and the type/strength of individual claims you have.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: Merchandise bought and shipped from USA, force to return to China for refund?

I bought A drone from a company that has 2 US warehouses, but the main headquarters are in China. I bought the drone from the California Warehouse with US Currency and had it shipped to me in the US. The drone was defective and I was asked to ship my drone to Guangdong China for a refund. They said... Read more »

Jingzhan Wang
Jingzhan Wang answered on Jan 14, 2018

you can ask for compensation for shipping back to China

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Q: I bought a used car off of craig's list that turned out to be a disaster -- do lemon laws still apply?
Gordon Leech
Gordon Leech answered on Dec 20, 2017

Wisconsin's lemon law does not apply to the purchase of used car. However, Wisconsin does have remedies available to consumers that buy used cars based on affirmative misrepresentations by the seller, both private parties and car dealers. There may also be warranty claims if you purchased a... Read more »

Q: Misrepresentation

The bank ordered an appraisal of the home we purchased a few months ago and it appraised higher than the asking price. We purchased in Janesville.

We have an emergency and we needed to borrow against our homes equity and we had our home appraised. The appraisal can in much lower than we... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Dec 1, 2017

More information is needed to evaluate the facts in your inquiry. Appraisals are subjective. So it is unsurprising there are different opinions about the value of the home. This is not fraud (misrepresentation is a synonym). It may be negligence. More information is needed to see how negligent the... Read more »

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Q: please help below TIME RUNS OUT out thursday - ALL PAPERS are DUE into court BY THIS FRIDAY !! the 1st of December 2017

In a civil credit card sold debt lawsuit in a circuit court WI law my question is Defendant me filed a production of documents for proof, but the Plaintiff responded objections to each & every listed to produce THE problem IS ALL MOTIONS ARE DUE BY this FRIDAY 2 DAYS, Is there a motion or to... Read more »

Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Nov 29, 2017

You need to call a consumer lawyer and get some help. They should offer you a free consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I'm worried about buying a lemon -- what tips do you have for buying used cars in Wisconsin?
Gordon Leech
Gordon Leech answered on Oct 4, 2017

Buying a used car can be scary, especially if you are not familiar with signs of prior accident damage and repair and mechanical issues. I wrote blog posting on my website discussing some strategies that you my find informative. Here is a link:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Q: Hotel liability

Hello. I’m from Houston, TX and I just bought a car in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While I was spending the night in a motel, my brand new car was damaged by the hotels shuttle bus driver.

The damage was underneath the driver's side rear bumper and I didn’t notice it until later on.... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Sep 6, 2017

You should the hotel for the name of its insurance company. You can then contact the insurer and make a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Question on ordering a 3ft 3in adult love doll.

Greetings,

I have a embarrassing question really. I dont have luck with women and am looking to buy an adult love doll, but I cannot afford a full size one. I have found a smaller one, 3ft 3in that I could manage for price. I just want to make sure I wont be breaking any laws for ordering... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 31, 2017

You raise an interesting question--wether such a doll could be considered kiddie porn. If so possessing it would be unlawful. Maybe talk to a counselor on what your issues are--realistically, most guys want the sizzle without the effort to make themselves attractive, or they expect someone way... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a company or business make you sign any paperwork with out fully reading it first.

They said they will tell us the main points and sign the paperwork right away and you can read the rest later after already signing the paperwork. They also said if anyone makes an ordeal over it they will take stuff away like the use of headphones and that.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Aug 22, 2017

You might possible have a case as this company seems to have forced you to sign under duress, but this may not be an especially strong case. It is important to understand that under normal conditions when you record your signature on the contract, you will be bound to the terms of the contract. It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Store is closed for internet service is down. provider says they don't have enough techs. No service for days. lawsuit?

Internet provider says they may not be out until next week. I have business class internet. They keep saying they will try to get someone out right away but they never do. I keep calling every 2 hrs. I was given a ticket number for an expedited service but it hasn't happened yet. The internet... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Jul 13, 2017

The short answer is yes. The provider has breached its contract with your business and, as a result, your business is losing money. That is actionable in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: 2014 Dodge Dart was in a collision in Feb 2017. Car is still at the body shop (May) waiting for an Upper Core Support

Dodge has no ETA on when the part will be delivered. Isn't there some kind of law requiring a newer car to have parts available? Is Dodge at fault for not providing the parts I need to get my car repaired?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 29, 2017

Contact Dodge HQ --this is truly bizarre. The Center for Auto Safely could answer your question.

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Q: I bought a car in Wisconsin that I can't register in Colorado.

The owner didn't disclose that the vehicle has an illegal exhaust system with no catalytic converter. Can the owner be forced to buy the car back or fix it?

Gordon Leech
Gordon Leech answered on May 15, 2017

Your rights in Wisconsin against the seller of a used car depend on whether you bought from a dealer or a private party, what affirmative representations were made about the car, and the terms of the agreement you entered. There're too few things known about your purchase circumstances to be... Read more »

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Q: I had a vehicle illegally repossessed in the state of WI.

I had a vehicle illegally repossessed in the state of WI. I have since moved but I contacted the Department of Financial Institutions in WI about the matter and the finance company responded saying they would remove the negative information from my credit. They have since failed to follow up with... Read more »

Gordon Leech
Gordon Leech answered on Apr 20, 2017

Whether the repossession was illegal and what remedies are available to you depend greatly on your particular circumstances. You probably need to get legal consultation with a Wisconsin licensed consumer attorney familiar with the repossession law to properly advise you of your legal options. If it... Read more »

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Q: Can I apply for a loan modification if I'm already in foreclosure?
Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Apr 17, 2017

Yes, you can. Call up your lender right away.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: A company is stating they are unable to remove a late payment from my credit reporting because it is illegal. True?

They state the FCRA requires them to do so. I have been in good standing and this is a one time occurance.

Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Apr 17, 2017

I am not aware of a law that makes such an action illegal - but most companies have a policy of not doing so.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Foreclosure for Wisconsin on
Q: Foreclose hearing set for 4/25/17. Lender has lied to us about loan mod and will not produce the note. What to do?

Last August 2016 we saw discrepancies in our payments being applied. We asked for documentation of payments applied. They lied and on multiple occasions told they were sent to us. We stopped paying, then later they added atty and late fees resulting in large fees being added. Meanwhile they lied... Read more »

Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Apr 17, 2017

These situations are very fact specific. I would recommend filing a complaint with the Attorney Generals office, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Otherwise, you will need to hire a lawyer ASAP to fight off the foreclosure.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I bought a car from 199ride.com Wausau auto. They lied to the bank about my monthly income. Now the bank has backed out

Wausau auto is now demanding I return the car. The DMV says Wausau auto has to find me other financing but Wausau auto claims I lied about my income. None of my paperwork shows an income amount but they claim to have a document stating that I get $3000 a month.

What can I do?

Nathan DeLadurantey
Nathan DeLadurantey answered on Apr 17, 2017

They do have to find you financing; or service the loan at the terms offered. Locate a consumer lawyer for advice if they don't offer this to you - or worse yet, offer you worse terms from some other financing place. We call that "yo-yo" financing.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Health Care Law for Wisconsin on
Q: My son (age 17) was committed to a mental health against our will, am I responsible for these bills?

We did not agree to have him committed and I told the officer my insurance does not cover mental health, but they took him anyway, now we have $4500 in bills for a two day stay. We did not sign any permission slips of any kind.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 23, 2016

It's an emergency hospitalization and most insurance would cover that even if labeled mental health. If it doesn't it may violate the ACA. Make sure hospital submits. If son is diabled due to MH he may be eligible for Medical Assistance.

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Q: My husband took out a loan and the bank sent a credit notice, but it was not my legal name on it.
Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman answered on Feb 3, 2013

Please ask a specific question. Thanks.

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