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  • Can you sue someone in Illinois for breach of contract if you have no monetary damages?

    Please cite local authority Thank you for your help

    Thomas’s Answer

    Not in Illinois. You need to prove first liability, then the wrongful acts were the proximate cause of damages and there were damages

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  • Hey I need advice don't have the money for a lawyer okay

    I overdraft my account its negative -557 I don't have no money to pay them bac and then on top of I tryed to deposit a empty envelope into the bank the bank says If I do not pay them -557 then they we'll file a police report for fraud what happen...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Well it was their money so I can see how they would be upset. If they can prove you over drew on purpose, as opposed to just being stupid, then I suspect your in trouble, I'd get a lawyer, a criminal defense lawyer were I you. I certainly would stop taunting them with empty envelopes, etc

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  • Can I sue my landlord (management company) for a $500 deductible for my stolen bicycle?

    The bike was locked, and stored inside a locked bike room within a "secure" garage. The door lock to the bike room was installed incorrectly, and allowed anyone to enter with a pen or screwdriver. It was a night - and the thief used a power grin...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I have to agree with everyone else. I believe that the main obstacle is the waiver which is standard in a lot of leases, just to prevent what you are trying to do. I think a lot of Bike magazines advertise low cost bike insurance with no deductibles. You might want to check

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  • How do we deal with a 10 year old judgement?

    A former employee who was fired claimed later to have been injured, which did not happen, she did not file worker's comp claim, but my husband was not served until he was found in default for non-appearance because her attorney sent all the papers...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Old judgements can be collected on until they expire. They also earn 9% interest every year until paid, you should consult with an attorney he or she may be able to negotiate a settlement. After 10 years you can not reopen the judgement

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  • Car has almost 400 additional miles after being in body shop

    My car was in the Body shop for a couple weeks with a mileage of 2858. When I got my car back the mileage was 3249. I don't feel its unreasonable to ask them about this as why would body work require 391 miles to be driven. Im not sure what kind o...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I have to agree with you not having a case as I dont think you can prove damages. However body shops are licensed by the secretary of state and you should report this to them, I would also ask

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  • How do I get discovery compliance when the court does not specifically compel the documents and no objection was entered?

    Discovery request asked respondent, who works through a union hall for various contractors and pay scales, to produce weekly paycheck stubs showing YTD totals & hours worked. Weekly stubs were produced for most of 2013 but only 2 for 2014. Neithe...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I would surely hire an attorney. You will need to send a 201k letter, read supreme court rule201k first, then do a motion to compel all before the scheduled hearing date

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  • Signed contract of 30 days notice period or 10K. What is Legal impact if do not meet 30 day or 10K clause upon resignation?

    I'm with employer A since 1+ year on H1 visa. Received better employment opportunity with employer B who wants me to join within 2 weeks. What are legal implications of not meeting the contract of nice period? Is serving notice period more than 15...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I think you need to consult in person with an attorney experienced in immigration matters. The H 1 issues cann be very complicated. As to the contract, Killinois is an at will employment state but the contract may contain non compete language. Have an attorney review it. Then of course there are the moral and honor related issues of giving your promise to someone in return for help in getting a visa and then breaking your promise, but that is something only you can decide, isn't it?

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  • Can I sue for damaged material?

    A so-called friend of mine broke my MPC2500 Drum machine. She haven't been responding to my messages when I ask her about getting it fixed. It's been broke since January. I don't have any old emails or texts saying I let her borrow it. Can I still...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I dont believe you could win such a lawsuit. Probably better to spend the money fixing the machine you may want to consult with an attorney in person.

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  • How can I motion to dismiss a charge alleging that I hit my neighbor with my vehicle

    My neighbor made a false police report, alleging that I hit him with my car. This was dismissed after hearing in a civil court by a Judge. He then filed the same charges in criminal and another civil court location. I want to have this criminal ca...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I have to agree. Stop thinking he filed criminal charges, The states attorney filed the charges. Stop talking about the facts on here also You need a lawyer or lawyers, turn the civil case over to your insurance company

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  • A mechanic completely screwed up my car. Can I report him to some agency?

    A mechanic shop completely screwed up my car and tried to cover it up only to be discovered by another mechanic shop. He won't give me the money to fix the car. The cost to fix the car is over a thousand. I have detailed documentation to show th...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You could sue him in small claims court, most county circuit court clerk's office provide forms and instructuions for doing this, I would do it were I you. You can also complain to the Consumer protection division of the Illinois Attorney general's office and you could post your opinions on yelp.com and and angieslist.com. HOWEVER you have immunity for your complaint to the attorney General. You dont have immunity for libel for what you send to yelp or angies list, be careful!

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