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  • How do I handle a situation regarding a MMORPG in-game transaction?

    I am involved in an online gaming community(MMOPRG). Company is based in California. I paid for virtual goods of upwards of $150+ from the official gaming website. However, I lost these virtual goods due to a mistake I made in the game. I contacte...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Try speaking to customer service again. Since you have already reversed the charges, they are out the money. Tell them you will repay them only if they fix your mistake. If they don't fix the mistake, tell them you will find another game to play and they will be out the money.

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  • How does the fact that the domain name for my company website being offered for a high price affect me?

    I am incorporating a company which is an Entertainment channel that will be shared on online video platforms. I noticed that the domain name for my company e.g. swagsurfing.com is not being used but held for $5,000+. If my channel gains momentum w...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Think of a better domain name so you save $5,000.

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  • I paid for a private domain registration service, but my information was somehow leaked. Do I have a case against the registrar?

    A couple of years ago I registered a few domain names and at the time of registering I selected the option to make my name and contact information private. This private registration feature is an add-on service that I paid extra for. In the last c...

    Andrew’s Answer

    From what I have told you, would you consider this a situation in which I can file a law suit against the domain registrar?

    1. Probably not. You have no proof they are the source of the information; and
    2. Even if you do sue them, you can only sue for the monetary damages you sustained and can prove.
    3. Finally, law suits are expensive. This suit could cost you $50,000 out of pocket easily. It is hard to recoup a sum that would make a law suit worth the trouble.

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  • Best way to file a motion to dismiss due to lack of evidence?

    I'm being sued by a company claiming I torrented a movie illegally. Of coarse I did not illegally download the movie. I allowed my EX to keep my comcast account open even after I moved out. Odds are her new BF did or possibly negligence on her par...

    Andrew’s Answer

    You are overthinking your business model. You should discuss your business model with an Internet attorney.

    There will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. Working with a lawyer as you begin will save you a lot of money in the future.

    I have written a legal guide on this site with issues you will need to discuss with an Internet attorney. I have placed a link below for your convenience.

    You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • Is there any law that protect me from my ex-business partner from hacking in my personal computer?

    Hello AVVO lawyers, I have a problem that is drilling my mind down and I need counseling to know what can I do. 7 months ago my ex partner blocked me from all our business together when he blocked the mail account where I was working for we bot...

    Andrew’s Answer

    IF your ex-partner is doing what you say, yes, there are both criminal and civil laws against this activity.

    However, it seems unlikely that he can access your computer if you have changed your passwords, etc.

    You may want to discuss your situation with an Internet attorney in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • With explicit consent, can we legally use a web-scraper to download individual's personal purchase history from Amazon?

    We are thinking of doing a startup that gets explicit consent from people to access their Amazon purchase history, and then downloads it from Amazon on their behalf. Individuals would need to provide their login credentials. There are several ways...

    Andrew’s Answer

    The business model is key here. Why are Amazon users giving you explicit consent to access their Amazon purchase history.

    I am not sure if the user actually clicks the download link and you gather the information with a program that this is a "Robot."

    There will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. Working with a lawyer as you begin will save you a lot of money in the future.

    I have written a legal guide on this site with issues you will need to discuss with an Internet attorney. I have placed a link below for your convenience.

    You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • Would i be able to sell waterpipes online in Florida

    I am looking to start a business selling waterpipes and smoking pipes online. I have read in Florida that in order to do this you must have a tobacco license, 75% revenue must come from tobacco, and 25% revenue would come from waterpipes. I hav...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Besides the question about FL laws, and using an LLC in another state, there will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. Working with a lawyer as you begin will save you a lot of money in the future.

    I have written a legal guide on this site with issues you will need to discuss with an Internet attorney. I have placed a link below for your convenience.

    You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • What can I do to safeguard myself?

    There is a website which offers services to consumers. It is not a registered company, just a website. The owner of that website hired me to be a part of it. I agreed and was paid hourly for providing the service. I do not wish to mention the serv...

    Andrew’s Answer

    From your facts above, it does not sound like you did anything wrong. Block him from contacting him on your electronics. If he still finds a way to threaten you, the authorities would agree to become involved only if they believe there is a credible threat of bodily harm.

    The best (and cheapest) way to make him stop wold be to hire a lawyer to write a Cease and Desist letter. While there is little legal force behind a C&D, it tells the poster that you are serious enough to have hired a lawyer and they could find themselves in hot water. Further, if they believe they will need to hire a lawyer they will know there harassment will start to cost them money. This will usually drive off the offender.

    You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • What can he do to me legally?

    I put up a post on facebook about someone and used their name. A couple of his "buddies" said that he didn't do what I heard he did, so I immediately apologized and took the post down. Can he sue me? Also, what is the statute of limitations on a H...

    Andrew’s Answer

    It sounds like you are in the clear. Apologizing and taking the post down was a very good move.

    You are only subject to HIPPA violations if you divulged information you gained as a health care provider.

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  • If we do start this in the near future, would this be legal? What kind of requirements would we have to meet?

    I want to host a skill based tournament on a video gaming device. In order to fund this tournament and varies other events, we would accept donations, these donations would be used towards the prize gifted to the winner of the tournament. Our ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    You will want to discuss your business model with an attorney. Donations only confuse the issue as games of skill are not gambling in all but a few states.

    There will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. Working with a lawyer as you begin will save you a lot of money in the future.

    I have written a legal guide on this site with issues you will need to discuss with an Internet attorney. I have placed a link below for your convenience.

    You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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