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  • Town Code, 1st amendment violation?

    A.No person or organization shall film or permit filming on public property within the Township of ************ without first having obtained a permit from the office of the Township Clerk, which permits shall set forth the approved location of su...

    Robert’s Answer

    The City can reasonably regulate filming. If you you are filming a feature film there are safety issues such as crowd control,etc. someone around with a personal video is less intrusive and should be subject to less regulation. Though i have known persons who make it their life ambition by bring a PITA. If you want to make a Federal case and think you are right go out and video. Good luck in your endeavors.

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  • I know I will forfeit any money from a vehicle accident lawsuit if I file bankruptcy. What about if I short-sale my home?

    I have a pending motor vehicle accident settlement. I am short-selling my home. Will they take over my lawsuit as an asset for payment of the amount due on my home?

    Robert’s Answer

    A short sale may result in a 1099 tax liability for the debt forgiven by the lender. This may not be the case in bankruptcy. Talk to a foreclosure attorney. Be careful. The tax liabilty us often a bad surprise

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  • In Illinois, can a personal injury case be filed in the 3rd Municipal District of Cook County If Damages Exceed $100,000?

    The Cook County Court website says that the 3rd Municipal Court (Rolling Meadows) hears law division cases exceeding $100,000, but also says on the site that it only hears cases between $30,000 and $100,000, which is confusing. Can a personal inj...

    Robert’s Answer

    Once upon a tine you could file at the lower municipal amount and amend the adamnum. The only issue is if you allege the maximum municipal amount and thedefendant defaults, that amount is the max you recover. Yes. You should consult with an attorney re: The specifics.

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  • Will my gym (Fitness Formula Club) be found liable for injury sustained on faulty equipment?

    Description of how injury was sustained: On the squat rack there are adjustable steel pegs that are inserted into circular holes to hold the weight bar and to the adjust the height of the weight bar. The steel peg was very difficult to remove ...

    Robert’s Answer

    Agree with Kanuru and Hoffman. We have probably both had cases where there is an injury, but proving both an unreasonably dangerous condition of the equipment and than notice by the club of that condition can be difficult. You need to articulate what it is that you believe was defective and then determine notice based on someone else notifying the club (best way) or be able to argue that they knew or should have known based on the type of defect. In other words, the defect was obvious to club personnel or should have been through proper inspection and maintenance. Good luck.

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  • My license is suspended and revoked in Illinois for dui conviction in Wisconsin.

    what is the avg cost of a lawyer for a formal hearing for an rdp in chicago, illinois?

    Robert’s Answer

    Depends on the situation, but start at $2,500.00 and there will be some for less and some for more. As noted by the other attorney, price is not the only consideration.

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  • I decided to repost my question regarding can one legally operate a motor vehicle without entering unknowingly into a contract

    NO DRIVER LICENSE REQUIRED IN THE U.S! Right to Travel DESPITE ACTIONS OF POLICE AND LOCAL COURTS,  HIGHER COURTS HAVE RULED THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS  HAVE A RIGHT TO TRAVEL WITHOUT STATE PERMITS By Jack McLamb For years professionals within th...

    Robert’s Answer

    Well stated posts regarding this issue. It is always important to consider a court ruling in context. While it is true that some who govern seek to over regulate (What we can watch, eat, drink, etc.), the greater the risk to health and safety through a right, the greater the allowance for reasonable regulation.

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  • Is it illegal to tell someone to suck a dick if they honk at you in the state of Montana?

    A lady honked at me and I backed up to see why she honked and she said I was speeding, which I wasnt. After I heard that I told her to suck a dick and drove off

    Robert’s Answer

    Probably not, unless accompanied by some additional aggressive behaviour.

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  • How to exchange a car that was involved in the accident?

    My friend was driving my car and got in to an accident. He got hit to the rear by a "Penske" rental truck, while he was stopped in the traffic. The impact force was very high, my car was pushed forward hitting the car in front, while that car was...

    Robert’s Answer

    The actual policy language must be considered. Generally, the insurer is required to pay the lesser of the cost of repair or replacement. If you believe the car cannot be repaired to a safe condition, you ought to obtain an estimate and evaluation from a repair shop you trust.

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  • Is resort responsible for medical bills? 2+ months of missed work, hospital visits and therapy

    On January 30th I was on vacation, staying at the brand new Secrets Playa Mujeres resort in Cancun Mexico. I was showering late afternoon on my first day when I slipped and hit the back of my head, it was all marble walls and floor in shower. I wa...

    Robert’s Answer

    Sorry about the bad fall. I am not sure you have jurisdiction in the U.S. for an injury occurring at a Mexican resort. Depends on the corporate structure. Otherwise, there has to be some proof that there was an unreasonably dangerous condition that caused you to fall that the resort knew or should have known about.

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  • Had a worm come thru my straw at McDonald's in my mouth. What to do?

    I ordered a coke at McDonald's this morning at the drive thru. Got to my work truck and took a big drink and felt something stringy in my mouth. Spit the coke out, and pulled a worm out of my mouth. I immediately called the store and told the mana...

    Robert’s Answer

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Foreign objects found in food (roaches, mouse droppings, glass, or what have you) as disgusting as it may be, are not the circumstance for a lawsuit. If there is some type of serious physical injury, then there is something to talk about. Proof that the object was put in the food product by the seller or manufacturing is still necessary.

    If it helps, send off a letter, with a picture of the worm, to McDonald's Corporate and copy the franchise owner where you went. You are at most looking at some token compensation.

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