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Zachary James Levine

Zachary Levine’s Answers

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  • Is it legal in to release an online multiplayer billiard game in which people can bet with real money, and win real money back?

    By betting I mean the people participating in a game can pay an entry fee, say $1, and winner receives $2.

    Zachary’s Answer

    It is very difficult to answer your question within the context of this forum. As you may know, contests like the one you propose are governed by individual state laws that take varying approaches to games of skill and chance and apply different standards for whether sponsors can charge entry fees and how they can distribute prizes. What might be a legal game of skill in one state will be an illegal game of chance in another. Your best option moving forward is to retain an attorney to analyze and break down each state's laws on this type of project.

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  • Am I liable for paying these fees?

    I signed a form upon the release of jail that i would pay a certain amount for room and board. In this form they put in the wrong middle name. I just signed my first and last name. I was wondering if i was still responsible for these fees?

    Zachary’s Answer

    If the only error on the form is the middle name and you knowingly signed the agreement to pay fees then there is most likely nothing you can do to rescind the agreement.

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  • I paid an web designer to develop a website. I can't reach him and he wont return my calls or emails. Legally what can I do?

    I paid half of the designer fee ($900) for a website. The designer and I have been communicating regularly about the project. Then on July 27th, I could no longer get in touch with him. I emailed and left several messages. I have no idea what ...

    Zachary’s Answer

    If the designer has breached the contract by missing the project deadline then you can send a demand letter asking for a refund or completion of the site. If you don't receive a response (and I'm guessing you won't at this point), you should consider filing a small claims action. If he doesn't attend the hearing then you will be awarded a default judgment. Unfortunately, you will still need to take additional steps to enforce your judgment but it may also be possible to sell your claim to a collection agency.

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  • I am License contractor & entered a contract with Gen: Contractor for roofing job as sub cont: How much down payment I can ask?

    I act as sub contractor and he is a general contractor so what is the limit for down payment I can get from general contractor and not from home owner.

    Zachary’s Answer

    The limits on down payments in California apply only to contracts directly with homeowners and tenants,

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  • My ex wife appeared at my daughters T-ball game and proceeded to announce my membership in Alcoholics Anonymous.

    She then read our divorce decree aloud, picking out only the negative about me.

    Zachary’s Answer

    Assuming that you are (or were) a member of AA, and that your ex wife read accurately from the divorce decree (even if selectively), then you are not going to have a claim against her for defamation. In general, truth is an absolute defense to any liability for defamation. What you may want to consider is whether her actions made private facts about your life public, and if that disclosure lead to some harm. If the divorce decree is public record then there isn't much you can do about that.

    While you may have some small claim under a theory of invasion of privacy or public disclosure of private facts, it is unlikely that you will be able to prove sufficient damages to support your claims. If you are interested in proceeding, however, you should consult a local attorney versed in privacy law.

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  • Non-refundable deposit?

    I just moved into my place the 3rd of October and am currently writing my second formal repair notice to give to my landlord. The longer I live there, the more things I find wrong. The place was not properly cleaned after the last tenant, but un...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Security deposit laws vary by state but in many states even a "non-refundable" deposit must be refunded minus reasonable costs to repair any damage done by the tenant above and beyond normal wear and tear. I suggest you contact a local attorney who gives free consultations and ask about the deposit laws in your state.

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  • This is a letter i got from charter telephone please let me know if this is legal? on behalf of charter telephone we would like

    is this legal or misrepresentation

    Zachary’s Answer

    Without being able to see the terms of the agreement you entered into it is difficult to say whether there are any problems with misrepresentation but my gut feeling is that there are a number of provisions in the agreement that allow them to terminate your contract for any number of reasons. If you really feel that Charter is breaching its stated terms you should contact a local attorney to review the terms of the agreement and determine whether there is foul play.

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  • What are my options?

    I hired a catering company for my daughters wedding & they didn't provide the services agreed upon. The hall where the reception was to be held changed there name & the company never notified us, their staff was beyond rude & had police come claim...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Based on the terms of the agreement you may be able to recover a portion of the payment given to the company. I suggest you contact a local attorney to review the specific provisions in the contract to determine what the exact breaches were and what the penalties are. The agreement may also determine whether you should proceed with a civil claim if they don't comply with your demand for a refund, or whether you must submit to arbitration.

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  • Publishing Contract

    I recently received a publishing contract that requires authors to make a refundable intial investment. First time authors pay a few thousand as an initial investment in getting a book published. These funds are in turn used for some of the mark...

    Zachary’s Answer

    While I have heard of similar types of agreements, you should be very careful when making "investments" when your refund is tied to a royalty. Accounting can be seriously manipulated and regardless of how high the royalty rate is you want to make sure that you very clearly understand what benchmarks need to be met before you are reimbursed. I suggest contacting a local attorney to review the terms of the agreement. Again, the issue you may want to focus on is how the royalty is calculated rather than what the royalty rate is.

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  • Could I find a way to re-open my Youtube account?

    Hi. I am a suspended Youtube user, with 4 videos marked of penalties. One video was flagged by an unknown user. Youtube uses this as their only alibi and will not specify which of their guidelines I violated. I am very sure I did not violate any r...

    Zachary’s Answer

    As a private service they are entitled to revoke your membership whenever they want for almost any reason. You should search their help section for information on appealing a decision like this because you probably don't have any legal recourse.

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