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Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.

Cincinnati Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney.

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  1. Disputes between states

    Answered about 7 years ago.

    1. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    2. Richard Derby Williamson
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes. Under the United States Constitution, the Supreme Court has "original jurisdiction" (meaning it functions as a trial, rather than appellate, court) over disputes between the states. As you would imagine, most such disputes are handled not in court, but through agreements, often called "interstate compacts," which cover things like water rights. However, one state suing another in the Supreme Court is not unheard of, and the current water dispute between Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida...

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  2. Should I file Motion to Vacate Judgment in original Superior Court or in Court of Appeals where already filed Notice of Appeal?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    1 lawyer answer

    Filing a notice of appeal generally deprives the trial court of jurisdiction over the case. You are in a serious procedural situation and should have a lawyer involved. Really.

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  3. What are an attorney's obligations regarding a former client's federally protected private health information?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    1 lawyer answer

    This is a complicated question in some ways, not at all in others. When you hired the lawyer, the attorney-client privilege bound him to divulge none of your secrets or confidences, regardless of their source. In most states, recent changes to privilege rules made this even clearer that it was before. When (if?) you filed a grievance, you may have waived the privilege. The reason for this principle is that you put the lawyer's actions into question, and he can't have a hand tied behind his...

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  4. I believe I have a big problem. I recently started attending law school although on the application I checked that I have. . .

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Robert Lee Marshall
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    3. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm not a California lawyer, and have no reason to disagree with either of those who have answered (and who are). But I would strongly urge you to find, and pay for a serious consultation, a lawyer who specializes in professional ethics and grievance matters. Such things can escalate rapidly, but also can be defused if handled very carefully. If it were me, I would not run to the Dean without serious legal advice.

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  5. Can I file for an extension on a Notice of Appeal?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Robert Adam Meyers
    2. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    In many, if not all, jurisdictions, the time limit for a notice of appeal is considered "jurisdictional," meaning that it cannot be extended and failure to comply with it will result in the dismissal of any late-filed appeal. The "California courts" website says this: "Make sure you meet your deadlines. You cannot ask for more time to file your notice of appeal. If your notice of appeal is late, your appeal will be dismissed." If you are serious about attempting to find a way out of this...

  6. Is this grounds for a bar complaint?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    1 lawyer answer

    In general, bar associations are troubled by attorneys being in business with clients. However, those complaints typically arise where there is a conflict between the lawyer and the client and the client alleges that she was taken advantage of by the lawyer's superior knowledge. As to the child support checks, the point is that you meet your obligations; if there is a business which is paying a salary to the mother, for example, then there may be no problem with the money being deposited into...

  7. What is the punishment for food stamps fraud for over $1 million in rhode island?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Benjamin J Vernia
    2. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    I assume that you're not asking about an individual having committed a $1 million food-stamp fraud (what would that be, 40 years worth of food stamps?), but a store or chain of stores doing something illegal in terms of participation in the program. If that is so, and you have actual, detailed knowledge of the fraud, you may wish to talk to an attorney about a case under the False Claims Act, which allows a private citizen to bring fraud to the government's attention and receive a reward if...

  8. Would the following details be considered TANF fraud?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    1 lawyer answer

    This is a hot-button question which should be posed, if it should be posed at all, to Michigan Medicaid. The point of TANF is to provide assistance to kids, and the state will want that to happen if necessary. But there is undoubtedly an eligibility formula and being on the wrong side of that is a very bad idea. Is your goal to rat out a parent to gain advantage in a custody fight over your own children, or are you focused on the effect of a possible abuse? If the former . . . think twice,...

  9. My attorney has withdrawn from my case and is trying to make me pay to get my case file from her Is this legal?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Richard S. Lowell
    2. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    There are a couple of questions here. First, lawyers are generally entitled to charge a reasonable amount for administrative services, and a dime a page is probably not unreasonable. However. You are entitled to your file, and if they want to keep a copy they can do so but may not be entitled to charge you for it. But here's the point. You hired the lawyer, and you agreed to pay her fees. How much can the copies be? If you came to me for advice, that advice would be to enter into an...

  10. Recusing a judge

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederick Mason Morgan Jr.
    1 lawyer answer

    I'm the furthest thing possible from a divorce lawyer, but I strongly believe that you urgently need competent legal advice. It seems likely that you are not the first person to think Judge _____ is biased. That's not a basis for recusal. The rule lawyers follow is, "don't shoot the king unless you're sure . . . " well, you know the rest. If you're serious about using the system to have a relationship with your children, you need to make the system--read judge--your friend. These things...