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  • Old roomate given a writ of summons for our old apartment. We haven't lived there in 5 years and were evicted. What will happen?

    My old roommate and I haven't lived together in 5 years. once we decided to move I stopped paying my half of the rent. They have been hounding us for years and I thought it would go to my credit. However, she was issued a writ of summons this week...

    Craig’s Answer

    It doesn't look like you would need to do anything. From the facts you provided, it does not look like you have been sued. If the summons has your name on it, then they must serve you; it is possible that they believe you still live together and that service of process was made on you through her. You should first look in Maryland Case Search to see if you have been sued. Next look to see if the Plaintiff claims that they served you with the Complaint and Summons.

    There is a three year statute of limitations, so if they failed to file suit (not serve you) within three years of your alleged breach, then you can appear in court and contest the claim. You must write your defense down in your notice of intention to defend.

    There is an interesting issue of when the breach occurred. If you stopped paying, but your roommate did not stop paying until later, there is a good argument that your breach of contract was not when you stopped paying, but when your roommate stopped paying.

    I would go to the court house and look at the file, or ask your ex-roommate for copies of the Complaint and Summons so you can see what they say.

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  • What kind of lawyer I need?

    my house burn an now the contracter who put my blonging in store want give them back to me because my insurance company did not as he say give him enough money for his work. he got about 180,000$ in my household goods

    Craig’s Answer

    I agree with the prior attorney; an experienced litigator can help. Also, you may wish to consult with your insurer. They may be able to help. Good luck.

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  • Is it illegal for a landlord to run a background check without permission?

    Is it illegal for a landlord to hire a private detective to run a background check without consent. No lease just a month to month tenancy.

    Craig’s Answer

    "Background check" is a very vague term. Generally, looking into someone's background is not illegal. Like Mr. Sherr stated, it is another issue if they run your credit without permission.

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  • What is the difference between latent defect and material facts? What actions can I take against non disclosed material facts?

    Bought home last year which was a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). The Owner has real estate license and they indicate the real estate license on closing contract but the real estate license number was invalid and they didnt disclose the material facts o...

    Craig’s Answer

    Why do you think the repaired sprinkler is a material fact? It is impossible for a homeowner to disclose each and every single repair he or she has ever made. Latent defects are those known to the homeowner but that cannot be uncovered by the buyer with a simple inspection. This could be foundation damage that has been covered but not repaired, or something similar. The fact that the sprinklers went off is not a defect if the damage was previously repaired.

    The license issue is a red herring. Anyone can sell their own property. For all you know, the license problem was just a typo.

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  • If I paid a daycare tuition but was never given a contract, can I be held to the terms of the contract?

    I put a deposit down for a childcare spot for my 2 year old son 2 weeks ago. I was promised the contract as well as other medical forms and were not given them after 3 requests. When I finally did receive them, I had secured other daycare. I have ...

    Craig’s Answer

    Did she tell you her "policy" before you paid the deposit? Did you get any brochure or paperwork that addressed the policy?
    You can always sue in small claims court, but it may not be worth; I imagine the amount of the deposit is relative low.

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  • I let someone borrow money, and they are ignoring my requests to get that money back, what should I do?

    It wasn't too much, but he has been ducking me for several years and I believe he doesn't intend to pay me back. I have electronic records saying that he borrowed the money from me.

    Craig’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Mahood. Even if the statute of limitations has run, there are ways that people revive their debt. You should consult with an attorney. Obtaining a judgment may turn out the be the easy part, collecting on the judgment is more difficult.

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  • I unknowingly purchased a counterfeit pair shoes from eBay. Can I get a refund??

    The item was listed as previously owned 2009 Nike/Jordan brand shoes, in "very good" condition. The pictures look real and convincing that the shoes are authentic. However, when compared with the store bought originals, the item received lacks man...

    Craig’s Answer

    You have multiple options. First, eBay has a system and will pay you back, even if there is fraud, but I think there may be a deductible. Second, Paypal has a system to protect you from fraud, if you used them. Finally, if you used a credit card, you can try to reverse the charge.

    If none of that worked, you can sue in small claims court, but frankly, it would not really be worth your time and effort. After you filed suit, and served an out of state defendant, you would likly wind up with an unenforceable judgment.

    I wish you the best of luck.

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  • Can I be served expired summons?

    When to pick up son from his father house. When a lady walked to my car handed me a paper. I took it opened it and while reading she walked away. Its a summons dated 1/21/15, it was given to me 4/12/15. It says its only effective if served within ...

    Craig’s Answer

    She can serve it on you, but the question is whether it is good. Service with an expired summons is bad service. You have a couple of options. You can do nothing and get defaulted, and then try to fight it. That is a bad idea. You can figure you will get served sooner or later and Answer it, or you can file a motion to strike service.

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  • I have been employed with the same company since 2002. The other morning they had me submit to a drug test, which I did.

    I made them aware I was on prescription medications that I had valid prescriptions for. While I don't take them often I made them aware I had taken an Oxycodone 10mg for the severe pain I was having due to a tumor in my lung. They were well aware ...

    Craig’s Answer

    Depending on the company and procedure, when someone tests positive for a drug, the testing company may contact you and request proof of a prescription. If you have a type of job where is it a bona fide occupational qualification that you be drug free, such as a heavy machine operator, then even if you have a prescription, it could be a problem.

    You are likely an at-will employee , which means that you can be terminated without cause, but even as an at-will employee, you cannot be discriminated against or fired for an illegal reason. If the American with Disabilities Act applies to your employer, then they cannot fire you simply because you are disabled or have a health condition. They must try to accommodate you, and if you are able to perform your job while taking your lawfully prescribed medication, then you are fine.

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  • Can a lawyer supoena my bank record if it is a joint account

    my bank account is in my name Henry W. Lurz and Marie A. Swaney

    Craig’s Answer

    Yes. You can file a motion to quash the subpoena, but if they are relevant or may lead to the discovery of admissible evidence, then they can be subpoenaed.

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