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Ronald David Coleman

Ronald Coleman’s Answers

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  • Can I sell online crafts using wine corks w/ the wine companies names showing on the corks?

    I will be cutting the corks and glueing them to the product I am making. The logo or name of the wine companies will be showing for added detail. I will be selling them through my internet craft business. Can I use that product without getting ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    You will certainly "get in trouble" if you do this, because it would be a trademark infringement.

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  • Can I sue somebody for posting false and defamatory information about me on the internet?

    A person has posted false information about me on topix.com claiming that I have cheated on my husband, among other things related to my job, etc. Topix will not release the user's name and will not remove the post. Can this be grounds to sue,...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Yes, this may be a ground for a lawsuit, but you have to ask the important question of whether you are doing more harm than good if you do sue. A post that now has been seen by 20 people, and caused you some embarrassment, could end up being seen by ten or a hundred times that if you file a lawsuit. There are some cases, however, where an Internet defamation filing is appropriate, and you do need to discuss with a genuinely knowledgeable lawyer whether yours is one.

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  • What type of disclaimer would a internet subscriber based LLC for a sports training/consulting business? For under 18 year olds?

    Developing web site and need disclaimer for a subscriber based Strength and Conditioning/consulting services that will cater to professionals as well as parents of children needing advice on strength/conditioning. Subscribers will pay yearly due...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Yes, you will "need" (i.e., you will be wise to get) a disclaimer, as well as terms of use, and if you are marketing to minors, you may need to be sure your site complied with the relevant regulations in that regard as well.

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  • If someone 16yrs of age used a stolen debit card number he got from a friend on the internet, what is his cupability?

    My son used a debit card number he got from a player in his on line game. He used it to make $100 worth of purchases. What kind of trouble is he in?

    Ronald’s Answer

    It depends entirely on the state you're in, the mood of the person he stole the card number, and of the prosecutor if one has gotten involved. You can't get an answer to this question without telling us more. But your son, although he is a minor, could be in some trouble.

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  • Is it wrongful termination to terminate someone from employment based on an Internet usage report, which report was incorrect?

    I was recently terminated from employment after nearly four years as Senior Paralegal for a large public health system due to “excessive and unauthorized Internet usage”. The evidence against me was primarily a monthly Internet usage report for t...

    Ronald’s Answer

    I am not admitted to practice in Florida, but in most states, employment is "at will," and an employer doesn't usually need any reason at all -- unless its stated reason is merely a "pretext" for an illegal reason (such as unlawful discrimination based on race, sex, etc.) -- to terminate you. You may however want to speak to an employment lawyer in your area, because when a company has a stated policy, such as in this case presumably a computer use policy, it is not free to disregard its terms or to apply it haphazardly. You should be able to find one here on Avvo or at the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) website -- http://www.nela.org/NELA/.

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  • Is it discrimination or harrassment for an online internet car salesman to tell you to stop making babies?

    Is it considered harrassment or discrimination for an online salesman to tell you to stop making babies? Then refuse to sell you a car? His boss just said it was a joke, but I found it offensive. There was never an apology made by him or the sales...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Almost certainly not. Being offended by someone's inappropriate or insensitive comment is not usually enough reason to bring the legal system into action against him. Rudeness is not against the law. But you may find satisfaction by complaining to the company that owns the site (over the boss's head) or others that are connected or affiliated with that business.

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  • I have a construction company billing me for charges I did not agree to. They have sent me a certified letter.

    Should I pick up the letter or disregard it. I have already sent a request via email and one via mail disputing these charges. I have also left voicemails and have not received a response.

    Ronald’s Answer

    There is almost certainly no benefit to not picking up the letter. It will only make it appear as if you are evading communications about the debt. Also, if you did not get any other copy of the letter besides the certified one, you could really prejudice your ability to defend against the debt -- or to settle the dispute, perhaps -- by not being aware of what is in that letter.

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  • Today I received a bill from a doctor who did gall bladder surgery on me 4 years ago. Do I have to pay this bill?

    Do I have to pay this bill? Is there no statute of limitations on billing me for medical services?

    Ronald’s Answer

    There is a statute of limitations ("SOL") for what are, in this case, contractual claims. But its length depends on your state. I am not admitted in Texas, but my research suggests that the SOL in Texas is in fact four years for contractual claims. Considering the size of such a claim, you may want to consult with an attorney on this.

    Separate and apart from your strict legal rights, you may also want to think about why you should not pay the bill, although it was rendered very late. You did, after all, receive a valuable and expert service that you presumably needed very badly. Unless you have been billed for interest, you have only benefited from the delay in being billed -- it is as if the doctor lent you the amount of the bill for four years!

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  • After shoplifting I received a letter from Palmer, Reifler & Associates demanding 500$ to deter a civil suit. Do I pay?

    I recently went to an Urban Outfitters in New York and attempted to take an untagged t-shirt away in my backpack. I also purchased other items at the store but I did not purchase that t-shirt, I kept it in my backpack. Before I exited, I was appr...

    Ronald’s Answer

    This is a potentially serious matter on a number of scores. You must contact a New York attorney as soon as possible. Do not depend on an online answer in deciding what to do here -- it could affect your future very significantly.

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  • After much emotional distress I was dismissed from an action in Ed Pa Federal Court. It was a civil action.

    The real defendant and I have the same name. The plaintiffs' attorney was too lazy to find the right person so I answered the complaint pro se and found the corrrect person on my own through some research. Can I sue the plaintiff for all the emo...

    Ronald’s Answer

    You may be able to sue under a Pennsylvania statute that governs the filing of frivolous pleadings, even if in federal court, though I do not know if Pennsylvania has such a statute as New Jersey does (I am admitted in New Jersey and New York but not in Pennsylvania). You may also, without filing a new action, make a motion for sanctions from the E.D. Pa. court. It is likely that you may have missed your best opportunity to do this under the provisions of Federal Rules of Procedure 11, but as a pro se party the court may have find a way to order that you be made whole in some form -- it has broad discretion to do so. You should also file a complaint with the ethical authorities in Pennsylvania.

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