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  • Is it too late for suing a school district?

    When my son was a high school student (16-17 years old) the accident happened on the football field. The gate fell on him and the metal frame hit his head. He was bleeding. Immediately he was taken to the emergency room at the hospital and had the...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, based on the facts in your question, the statute of limitations appears to have run out approximately fifteen years ago. Unless there is new evidence that your son could not have known in the exercise of due diligence at the time he turned 18, I do not believe that a suit could be brought now.

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  • Does an employee of a business have the right or authority to physically throw you out.

    Without having trained security, or door man or anyone trained for this, does the business owners son have the right to grab me from behind with intentions to forcible thow me out, when i was already at the door leaving. Its like i went to step ou...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, the employee does not appear to have had the legal right to do what you describe - this is assault and/or battery. You can report this to the police, or sue for damages - but unless you were harmed, the legal damages you can obtain in a lawsuit from the indignity to your person are likely not significant enough to be worth your time to pursue.

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  • Can a company phase out or eliminate a long-standing position?

    Female, late 50's, employed with the same company for 30+ years, no bad reviews

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, there is no legal obligation to keep a long-standing position in the company's organizational chart. However, if elimination of the position is a pretext for firing an employee due to age, gender, race, disability, or certain kinds of retaliation, etc., then the employee may have a claim of discrimination and/or wrongful termination. If you believe this is the case, speak with an employment attorney ASAP, as there are steps you should take now to protect your rights.

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  • Car dealership suing me for negative reviews online - what to do?

    I posted a negative review (truthful) against a car dealership online (G+, yelp and 2 more sites). Within a week received a ceist deist letter in FedEx to my home from their lawyers asking me to end reviews or face libel/slander lawsuit. ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, do not post anything further here. Speak to an attorney ASAP; cost of defense in a defamation lawsuit can be high. You want to have the attorney review the postings and the facts, and get confidential advice on what to do - and bring your insurance policies, if any, with you for the attorney to review to see if you might have coverage.

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  • Delaware LLC with foreign investor on convertible note, what forms do I need to file after the investment?

    Hi, I have just incorporated a Delaware LLC and I want to get a foreign investor (non accredited US investor) on-board using a convertible note 1) What are the steps I need to take after issuing the note, what forms do I need to file ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is too complicated a discussion to have on the Avvo boards; you need to speak to an attorney about how to proceed, especially before any documents are signed or monies transferred. Due to the potential liabilities attached to failing to comply with SEC regulations and securities laws, you want to proceed carefully here.

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  • Is there a way to access the records of a specific family law judge to see how they have ruled in prior cases?

    I am filing a pro se, post-divorce motion in Essex County before a judge I don't know. I would like to be able to access court records to see how he ruled and what his thoughts were on prior, similar cases. Are these records available to the pub...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, you can use Westlaw or Lexis to do searches, if you know how and have access. This is what attorneys do regularly. Your best bet isn't a case search, but a consult with a good family law attorney who has practiced regularly before the judge. That attorney will know information about the judge that you won't be able to get from any database, as well as how the judge has ruled before and can do searches on legal databases available to attorneys. It'll be a much better spend of your time and money, and give you more accurate and useful results.

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  • I need advice not sure I need a lawyer but my job that I was laid off from 4 weeks ago

    They fired me cause I wasnt meeting there managerial needs...so today I gets a voice mail accusing me of stealing and they if I don't call back they will be calling police

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, speak with a criminal defense attorney now. Post no details or other statements online. Whether your employer has enough to get the police interested is impossible to tell from this question, but I wouldn't recommend sitting around waiting to see what will happen. Get in front of this by speaking with a good defense attorney.

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  • What specific criteria must be met to prove an age discrimination case?

    My dad was fired from his job at a nursing home after 20+ years of service in all that time he only had one write up. He was not given any reason. I have asked this question once before but I'm looking for a more detailed response. What do we need...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, there are books written on this subject - Avvo isn't a good place to give a detailed answer. Basically, your father needs to prove that (a) he is over 40, (b) he was qualified to do the job, and (c) he was terminated under circumstances that 'give rise to an inference of discrimination.' This is step one - the prima facie case; it is essentially a smell/smoke test. If it smells bad, then you likely have enough to pass the test. Next, the employer may rebut the claim by showing it had a legitimate business reason for what it did. Finally, your father can respond by showing that the employer's legitimate business reason is merely a pretext for firing him - essentially, that their position is a lie. What you need to prove or oppose the various portions of this analysis is dependent on the facts of the case. Your father should speak with an employment discrimination attorney ASAP to determine how to proceed - statutes of limitations run quickly and evidence disappears quickly.

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  • Whether to request a trademark, service mark or copyright?

    I have created a product (food items). Created corporate entity & fictitious name. I want to protect the description of the product and the image that will be in between two words of the description. I checked the trademark cite and the name ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a trademark issue, although the name itself without the log may be something that you will want to also trademark. It takes fewer steps to trademark a product that is already in the stream of commerce, so starting to sell now, especially if you cannot find anyone who has any product that might be competitive and/or with a similar name or mark. While the application is pending, you have protection, but only to the extent that you are 'first in line' - if someone has applied before you, their application would take precedence. You should speak with a business attorney to determine what legal hoops you have to jump through, including IP issues, to get your food product to market.

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  • Is trolling the Internet while making false confessions about crime NOT commited against the law?

    Suppose some immature juvenile in your family finds it fun to troll the interwebz by attempting to rile people up by making false confessions of crimes never actually committed. Other than being exceptionally unwise, is this illegal? Like suppose ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, it is not illegal to make public statements confessing to a crime that you did not commit - but that does not mean a prosecutor won't believe the lie and use the confession against the interwebz-trolling juvenile. The defense costs, emotion burden, family burden and public record (because it will make good press) of the process cannot possibly be worth the lulz. Further, if the confession was made to target a specific person there may be harassment or other criminal charges that can be levied. Finally, even if nothing ever happens, future employers, friends, colleagues and romantic interests (and their families) may very well find the 'confession.' Good luck finding a job and having a life afterwards.

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