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Ray Edwin Gallo

San Rafael Class Action Attorney.

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  1. Class action lawsuit and Chapter 13 bk

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Richard D. Granvold
    2. Blake Edward Wilson
    3. Derek R. Caldwell
    4. Ray Edwin Gallo
    4 lawyer answers

    The previous answers are all good. But strategically I would talk to class counsel and find our what he or she already knows. Also, I would verify whether your bankruptcy case is closed. If the bankruptcy case is closed then the settlement administrator (this is probably who has the money, not the class lawyer though the lawyer has a lot of influence) can probably decide to pay out the settlement proceeds to your wife. If there is a problem, class counsel probably will help you deal with it...

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  2. My toaster oven caught on fire after toasting some bread while I was in the bathroom. Can sue or file a class action lawsuit?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Robert Lee Marshall
    2. Ray Edwin Gallo
    3. Jonathan H Levy
    3 lawyer answers

    If many others had the same experience, it's a good class action. The point of a class action is that while your damages are small, the damages suffered by all buyers of this product could be big. If 5,000 people are each out $40, you've got a $200 million case. That said, it's more likely your toaster over was the defective one, or just one of a few. Just ask the company if this is a common problem and if there's been any kind of recall. If so, consider bringing a class action. If not,...

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  3. Are you a "faithless employee"/disloyal to work part-time in the same field for 2 companies, whereby you're breaking the law?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Craig Trent Byrnes
    2. Christine C McCall
    3. Joshua Y. Lee
    4. Ray Edwin Gallo
    4 lawyer answers

    Your employer's procedures are illegal and actionable if the result is people earn less than minimum wage (you're getting minimum wage, but not for all the hours you're required to work/be there). The result under California law is a lot of money --- back wages, penalties, etc. You should consult an able class action attorney ASAP. You certainly are entitled to work as many jobs as you wish in your profession and under these circumstances. We'd be happy to help with this.

  4. Is this a class-action case for unpaid wages?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Daniel Michael Holzman
    2. Tuvia Korobkin
    3. Ray Edwin Gallo
    3 lawyer answers

    Assuming you and your coworkers are non-exempt (hourly) employees, and for all those who as a result of this practice have a longer work day than they otherwise would, this is a wage and hour claim. Assuming there are enough of you in that category, this sounds like a class action to me. My law firm or any firm that handles employment class actions would be very happy to talk to you.

  5. Can i go with another attorney

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Ray Edwin Gallo
    2. Christopher Gilreath
    2 lawyer answers

    What they told you is probably correct. Notices go out if a class is certified. If you're in the class then you have a limited time to ask to be excluded (opt out). If you don't, you're in the class for good. You may not have received the notice as it would have been sent to the "best available" address or even just published in a newspaper if it was impossible to say exactly who should get the notice. You can, however, ask that the lawyers tell you how (or to what address) you were...

  6. What legal action can I take on an upstairs neighbor pounding on our ceiling to make us quite at all times of the day?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ray Edwin Gallo
    1 lawyer answer

    My best legal advice is this: Move. Seriously. Legal remedies will cost more than they're worth. And if you're scared of this guy, and he's unstable, antagonizing him with legal proceedings with make that worse not better. I am all for productive conflict. This isn't it. Make sure your next place to live is single family or has thick walls. And take the upstairs!

  7. Personal liabilty installing speed bumps on a private road easement

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ray Edwin Gallo
    1 lawyer answer

    This is primarily a real estate question. The basic answer is this: Do the easement rights of anyone burden your parcel, and if so do they prohibit you from installing speed bumps? That will depend on the language of the easement. Get a copy and read it. If the language of the easement grant says you can't do anything to interfere with others' use of their easement rights, then arguably you could be liable (though it seems to me they'd never sue you because they'd have a hard time saying...

  8. Slick high pressure salesman promised. Foolishly I signed the contract

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ray Edwin Gallo
    1 lawyer answer

    You are not bound by terms you did not agree to. So, if you didn't get that page, you may not be bound by its terms. (Although, since you knew there were other terms, you may be bound by reasonable terms in addition to those you unquestionably did agree to.) You should act promptly to address this. Get a lawyer.

  9. Same lawyer defending me and countersuing for a huge class action(possible huge settlement for the attorney)/other counterclaims

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ray Edwin Gallo
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes. It is absolutely appropriate to see if the lawyer will defend the case for free in consideration of a larger contingency fee on the cross-complaint. At some point, a contingency fee is not permitted if it makes the case too much the lawyer's and not enough yours. I believe more than 50% becomes difficult, which could be an issue here. But, under these unique circumstances, where you first were paying hourly on the defense, it's even possible it woudl be legal for him to charge you more...

  10. Should I expect a settlement from a class action lawsuit

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Jeffrey Steven Feinberg
    2. M. Todd Miller
    3. Ray Edwin Gallo
    3 lawyer answers

    Based on what you say, you may or may not have a lawyer. If you are in the class, then at least your statute of limitations has been preserved and you will be able to file an individual action. I recommend you consult a lawyer promptly to find out what is going on. If your injury is serious, or if there are many like you, an able lawyer who handles both class and mass actions might be willing to assist you on contingency and provide much better service than you appear to be getting. But,...

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