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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: How do I request an exemption?

My employer has switched from voluntary to mandatory vaccination offering religious/medical exemptions.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Sep 6, 2021

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from taking the vaccine, get a doctor's note indicating as much and present it to your employer.

If you have a closely held religious belief that prevents you from taking the vaccine, you will need to present that information to your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Can I pursue federal court case against many neighbors engaged in harassment/threats of violence to family and I ?

Things started with neighbor whom moved out with harassment towards my family and I. A friend living across street from him then continued to do the same to us depriving us of peace in our own home. This is 24/7 and has been ongoing for over a year at least. Things have escalated, they’ve... Read more »

John Karas
John Karas answered on Apr 22, 2021

In order to file a lawsuit in Federal District Court, there has to be "diversity of citizenship" (meaning you live in 1 state while the defendants live in another). The amount of damages also has to be in excess of $75,000.

From what you've described, you have several...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: Where can I find an attorney that will take a prisoners rights case that contains deliberate indifference?

The incident involves State prison and correctional health executives transferring over 100 prisoners from a Covid19 Hotspot to another facility that had no Covid19 cases. I was among those at the receiving facility who then became ill as a result of that transfer. The executives acted with... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Apr 10, 2021

You can find many good law firms in and around Oakland and San Francisco who are experts in civil rights cases of the kind you describe. It seems you already have developed a good bit of evidence to support your case. I suggest you prepare a chronology of the events, if you haven't already... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: Health department employee use my medical information and give it to someone else to get tested for covid-19

SFPHD employee lie about me going to a clinic to see her 2 times in August and then keep logging in to delete some information on my chart

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 1, 2020

Identity theft is a crime, so one place to go is to the police, with whatever evidence you can gather about this. You might contact the testing center and request copies from "your" test, since "you" were the patient, you are entitled to them. The next place to go is to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Hello can i file a motion to amend a third complaint? I mistakenly missed my first opportunity to do so. I'm in Pro Per.

I've made such a Huge mistake because the honorable judge gave me a chance to leave to amend it once 7 months ago.. yet because I didn't believe in myself I did a dumb thing I just assumed I would retain an attorney to do it for me.. Nope.. so the judge gave me 15 days to make a third... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 25, 2020

It is obvious from your post that you need to get an attorney, you even admit you need to. You might get some leeway due to the various orders stopping court proceedings due to pandemic, but something needs to be done pronto. The good news is that if your other claims have... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit

I, an adult female, was asked to leave the dressing room because another female felt uncomfortable with me there along with a child. I believe after the employee realized I was a female and the child (11) is a male then went on to say it was because of the child being in there with females. I... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Sep 22, 2020

Did you file a report with a supervisor or manager? Do you have the contact information of the customer that requested you be removed? These type of cases are difficult to prove discrimination without much more information. The employee could have any number of reasons to ask you to leave,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Mergers & Acquisitions for California on
Q: Is a Contract automatically canceled that do not have a force majeure clause language in the contract?

I have a wedding scheduled for the end of this year in Los Angeles county CA. However California restrictions do not allow any indoor events. My contract do not have any Force majeure language. If the venue cannot host my event do to the COVID-19 pandemic Restrictions or if it is unreasonable To... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 10, 2020

I know weddings can be very expensive, however, it may be difficult to find an attorney by posting a question on this site, Our TOS do not allow us to write a response that solicits you to call us. You have to find an attorney and call them. Next, there is no "automatic cancellation."... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for California on
Q: I rent a room right now and I signed a 6 month rental agreement. I have been asked to move out earlier than 6 months

I have been living there for just over two months. I am active duty military and I just got back from a deployment. I was recently informed that they want me to move out so they can turn my room into an office space because they are no longer occupying the office space they are renting in another... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 8, 2020

Very sorry to hear that an active duty US military is being treated this way. Of course you have the absolute right to enforce your rental agreement and tell them you are not moving out until it is up. IMO you don't need to subject yourself to this stress. What I would do is negotiate with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for California on
Q: If I’m subpoenaed for a deposition as a non-party witness while on disability do they reschedule?

My boyfriend is part of a civil case, I’m scheduled to deliver my baby by csection august 19th. The other parties lawyer is now trying to serve me with deposition papers (assuming anyway, as a process server has been looking for me places I haven’t been) also knowing when my csection date is.... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 4, 2020

Will they reschedule? You say the other attorney is being a Jerk (comes with the territory you know) so who can say? SHOULD they reschedule? Yes, they should. Must they reschedule? If you properly ask the Judge, yes. No judge is going to make a woman in labor or one in post partum give a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for California on
Q: Can Walmart deny entry to buy masks if u previously don’t own one? Especially in the times of this pandemic
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Jul 20, 2020

Sounds like a real Catch 22 doesn't it? You go in to buy a mask because you don't have one, but they won't let you in because you don't have a mask on.

It seems to me that before they can refuse entry due to lack of a mask, they must first offer you one to wear while you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: What can you be charged with if you do not wear mask per the June 18/20 CDPH Guidance on "must wear face coverings"?

The California Department of Public Health issued a GUIDANCE on June 18/20 stating that "People in California must wear face coverings..."

- Is a GUIDANCE the same and an Order or a Law?

- Can police enforce this guidance?

- What can you be charged with if you do not choose to wear a mask?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 20, 2020

The new orders issued yesterday and today from the Office of the Governor now create a state-wide mandate for the use of masks in public places. This means if you are over 2 years old (because if you are under 2 you cannot read the Order) you have to wear a face mask, waiting in line to enter a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: My business rental is infested with fleas. It is uninhabitable. Am I responsible to pay rent?

We have bombed the location 3 times, treated 5+ and still infested from rodents living under the floor. We're paying rent though still unable to do business because of COVID. But the space has been uninhabitable regardless. Are we still responsible for paying rent if the space is toxic with... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 12, 2020

So sorry to hear about this. The value of the rental directly corresponds to the quality of the Rental, and it sounds like the condition has seriously negatively affected the quality. A rental comes with a "Warranty of Habitability" and if the LANDLORD breaches that warranty, your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: Can News paper censor comment I posted on the news website

I commented on a article that was related to Covid-19 there were hundreds of defamatory comments about An individual who had his grocery’s taken for not wearing a mask .my comment was simply this.

I wrote “ask-yourself how many people you come into contact with on a Daily basis.... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on May 23, 2020

Newspapers regularly decide which letters to publish. Your comments are no different than a letter to the editor. They don't have to print every letter they get, and the same goes for the comments to their articles online. The editors always have the last say on what gets published, even in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for California on
Q: Can I sue/file a lawsuit Expedia for not upholding their return policy, whilst insurance was purchased via their website

Was suppose to go to Rome from San Diego on 4/23. Paid $2055 with insurance for 2 people and hotel. I understand in the midst of covid-19 things are hectic... anyways they are only offering me $439 for the flights and roughly $780-$800 for the hotel. Which means I’m only getting back $1236 ish.... Read more »

John Francis Nicholson
John Francis Nicholson answered on Mar 31, 2020

First of all, as you know, life has totally changed as we know it. Hopefully, it will get back better, but I don't know if things will get back to normal. Getting business services to "serve" is very sketchy. If you are in communication with the company that you contracted with... Read more »

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