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Scott E. Chapman

Scott Chapman’s Answers

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  • My car was repossessed 8/1/2012. I just descovered the self help rule on the Internet posted by a Milwaukee Wisconsin lawyer.

    I believe a few of the rules were breached. I was not sent notice of date of reposetion. My car was out of public view driver got out of truck went into my garage ran into my wife flashed papers telling her he was there to get the car where was it...

    Scott’s Answer

    There would be a lot more info necessary to know the true answer. First, fight the ticket. Second find out if your wife consented (they will probably say she did). Third, the cops were wrong here as to the car, but right because you technically wrongfully imprisoned someone on your land, too. Their trespass should have also been ticketed. Fourth, you need to check your contract with the seller of the vehicle (lienholder) because you may have consented at that time to allow entry onto your property to take the vehicle if you didn't pay. You need an attorney either way due to the ticket, I'd consult one.

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  • What do i do with the information i have collected? what can i do to have a domain taken down because it defamatory to my name?

    The offense is libel, and is posted online currently. he created not one but two domains under MY name and clearly states false of a fact, hindering my name beyond belief. his motive is purely to damage my reputation because of a prior incident. H...

    Scott’s Answer

    You have a few options here. First if someone is using your name as a domain for the purposes of defamation, you can get the domain taken from them. Contact ICANN, they are over all domain names, see links below (I know I included Wiki, but they can be useful, too). Second, print the defamatory evidence to preserve the evidence and if it is harming your reputation, depending on the damage (to self, business, etc) and your financial resources, you can pursue damages, but it will take a lawsuit. You need to consult with an Internet attorney in your area, I'm sure you can find one on AVVO in WA.

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  • Is it illegal for someone to get on to my Facebook without my consent on their own personal computer?

    Is it illegal for someone to get on to my Facebook without my consent on their own personal computer?

    Scott’s Answer

    YES, YES, YES. That would constitute hacking. It violates criminal laws, depending on your jurisdiction and the TOS of FB. Let FB know, they have a complaint section, change your password and if you think it could happen again, report the incident and pursue the person, if you know who it is (but you'll need evidence, like IP Addresses, etc).

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  • My friends ex is maliciously posting private email coorespondences that he sent to his buddy during their breakup in a blog.

    My friends exgirlfriend is posting private emails that he sent to his best friend during their breakup. We do not know how she obtained this information, but they are being published in a blog and he is listed as the author. As these emails were w...

    Scott’s Answer

    That's right, it is a DMCA, it is important to note that. He does have rights to those emails. Unfortunately, both attorney's are correct, depending on your jurisdiction. Once the email goes out there, your friend MAY have lost his expectation of privacy. It is very fact based. However, sending a DMCA letter to the poster and the website blog will likely get them taken down, depending on the blog. It can be a real crap shoot.

    If the posts do not come down, it will get really expensive fast and will likely require a lawsuit. Consult an attorney in your area in that case.

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  • My ex boyfriend is harassing me and threatening to make a website and post all my nude photos what can I do?

    We only dated for about 4-5 months. We got into an argument, and decided to stop speaking because it was an unhealthy relationship. Now, he contacted me via FB and threatened to post nude photos of me that I sent him before.

    Scott’s Answer

    Getting a Temporary Restraing Order (TPO or TRO) is crucial. Do that IMMEDIATELY!! You don't need a lawyer, just go down to the courthouse with a print off of the FB page.

    If he does actually post them, depending on your jurisdiction, he may have committed a crime. Certainly, you have an expectation of privacy for him not posting them. There is a slim chance that if you were posing for him, so he could have or own those photos, he may be allowed to do with them what he wants. Your answer to that claim is that your verbal agreement is that you only posed for him so that he could have the photos for himself ONLY and he agreed, if that is true. If not, you may have trouble. Best of luck.

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  • I bought a computer at a big retailer, paid cash, got receipt. Then they said they didn't have it. What can I do?

    The store said their employee made a mistake and shouldn't have sold it to me. The manager wants to give me my cash back but I do not want the money. I want the computer or one just like it. It was a really good sale and i can't get a computer lik...

    Scott’s Answer

    Yes, they entered a contract with you upon acceptance of the money and indication of which computer they would give you. There is a thing called 'specific performance' in the law. If they refuse to turn over the computer, you can sue them in small claims to get your computer. As soon as you take your money back they will have an argument that you have consented to 'unduing' the deal. I would not take my money back. I would write them a demand letter detailing 'the deal' and let them know they have 5 days to turn over your property or you will file an action in court. Then follow through and file the action. From what you've said, it appears you will more than likely win.

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  • I bought a computer at a big retailer, paid cash, got receipt. Then they said they didn't have it. What can I do?

    The store said their employee made a mistake and shouldn't have sold it to me. The manager wants to give me my cash back but I do not want the money. I want the computer or one just like it. It was a really good sale and i can't get a computer ...

    Scott’s Answer

    Yes, they entered a contract with you upon acceptance of the money and indication of which computer they would give you. There is a thing called 'specific performance' in the law. If they refuse to turn over the computer, you can sue them in small claims to get your computer. As soon as you take your money back they will have an argument that you have consented to 'unduing' the deal. I would not take my money back. I would write them a demand letter detailing 'the deal' and let them know they have 5 days to turn over your property or you will file an action in court. Then follow through and file the action. From what you've said, it appears you will more than likely win.

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  • General liability insurance and website advertising

    I am looking into buying a general liability insurance policy? It mentions that I would be covered for 1,000,000 advertising injury? If my bushiness sells advertising on my website are there any exceptions to the rule? Does general liability cover...

    Scott’s Answer

    You are very in tune with your issues. Obviously you understand your risks. However, other than the general advice already given here, you must bring your policy to an insurance attorney for any kind of coverage understanding and that still does not guarantee the insurance company will enforce the policy the way the attorney interprets it. What you need to make sure you DON'T do and it sounds like you're not, is rely on anything your agent says. They are in sales and really generally don't completely understand what they are selling, from a legal perspective. Always have an attorney review your insurance policy to ensure the correct coverage. A $1,000 spent in the beginning will potentially save you tens of thousands in the end. Best of Luck!!

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  • A medical spa recently messed up my body by using the wrong laser and setting, can i create a web-site and post my pictures?

    i already got a threatening letter from the lawyer stating that they will sue me if i don't remove a yelp review or update a rip-off report. everything that i stated is true though. they also wanted me to sign a release statement stating that i wo...

    Scott’s Answer

    As is 99% of the case, I agree with Barry and the practical approach. Revenge is a risky business. If you are damaged physically, you should easily find a personal injury lawyer to handle your case, likely on a contingency. If EVERYTHING you said is 100% true, you can defend yourself, but it will cost you a lot of money. If you decide not to defend yourself and they get a default judgment, well, you won't be living with you parents forever and I suspect one day you want to have assets. That judgment lasts for 7 years and then they can renew it every 7 years. So your only way out of that would be bankruptcy...not a good way to start your life. I would take the 'Karma Road' and not pursue revenge. However, they appear to have harmed you and if you can prove that, you will likely get moeny for it and a public lawsuit, that should be revenge enough.

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  • Can i sue the insurance agent /owner/broker?

    Chelsea Yuan is the agent/owner We spoke with Lisa, Chelsea Yuan's receptionist, about an insurance quote. She emailed me a policy to sign. We gave her our payment information and told her to process only once the documents are signed & receive...

    Scott’s Answer

    It sounds like there is a little more detail that I'd need to know. However, basically, you will likely have a claim for a full refund if you never signed. You can't cancel something you never entered. If they forged your signature that is a very big 'no no', if they proceeded without your consent, that is also a problem for which they should not be charging you.

    Now, whether to sue your agent, that comes down to a cost benefit analysis. You will only get back what you lost. So if you only paid a few hundred dollars, you could take her to small claims. This is a contract case and you only get what you are 'out' and I'm guessing it is not a whole lot. So it may not be worth your time, that has to be your decision. Nonetheless, i'd fight this if it were me and I'd go to small claims court if it's under $5000.00. Anything above that, you should hire an attorney.

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