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  • Do I have any recourse against a car dealership that I feel misled me into buying additional products?

    I recently bought a car from a dealership that said that in order to receive 0% APR financing I had to purchase an extended warranty and an after market car alarm. I specifically asked the finance guy if the only way I can get the 0% APR is to bu...

    Michael’s Answer

    I would discuss your case with a lawyer conversant in the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. You may have a case for misrepresentation.

    Note: This response is informational only and not advice. Please retain counsel if you desire legal advice. Thank you.

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  • After CMC judge ordered that I post jury fee deposit. How much is that?

    I have a fee waiver on file. In los angeles i had a case that was days before trial and i didnt have to post a jury fee deposit because i had a fee waiver. is it possible the judge overlooked the waiver on file?

    Michael’s Answer

    You don't say in which court the case you are discussing is filed. If San Diego, you have several answers. If not, keep in mind such details are crucial and be specific.

    Note: This response is informational only and not advice. Please retain counsel if you desire legal advice. Thank you.

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  • Can I still Vacate a Judgement even though is 4 years old?

    Few days ago I ran my credit and notice that I have a Judgement that was filed back in 2012, I wasn't served properly about the debt. I know its coming from an apartment complex where I was evicted, I am trying to vacate the judgement and settle t...

    Michael’s Answer

    With eviction cases, most debt collection attorneys who handle these cases get what's called an "order to post" on the door of your old apartment to complete service of process. Chances are you were served legally, whether you were served in any way you could possibly have known about the case or not. I would go look at the case file and examine the proof of service and see. You may be better off just trying to settle the debt at this point and have the judgment satisfied.

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  • What requirements does a creditor have to tell the truth on a collections matter to the 3 credit reporting agencies?

    I received notification last year that a dentist had turned me over to collections. I told representatives of the dentist he had not completed the work . They told me even though the work had not been completed, they were ready to do so. The d...

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    Probably not. You would need more leverage than having incorrect information that is favorable to you on your credit report. You need something that is damaging.

    Go over the history of your connections with the debt collection firm, including any letters received, with a competent attorney. Something more valuable may be available to you to use as leverage.

    Note: This response is informational only and not advice. Please retain counsel if you desire legal advice. Thank you.

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  • Can I sue for finding clear boogers on my food from a fast joint

    I went to burger king ordered some food and let them know last time I ordered food here the shorted me food. So I pay for my food through the drive through and the cashier gives me the missing food from last time and I say that you and drive off e...

    Michael’s Answer

    You can sue for anything, but that doesn't mean you actually have a case worth litigating. It will be difficult to find an attorney. You may be able to write corporate management for some compensation, but you are unlikely to prove other than annoyance damages. If you insist on suing, Small Claims may be your only avenue.

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  • Can a vehicle loan co-signer sue for sole possession of the vehicle?

    The vehicle in question is a used car being purchased on a three-year loan, with 10 months remaining to pay. All payments have been made on time and in full. My ex-girlfriend, who co-signed the loan, has threatened to sue me for possession of t...

    Michael’s Answer

    If you are both on title, she is as entitled to possession of the car as you are. She doesn't have to sue. She could just take the car as long as she can do so without disturbing the peace. She obviously doesn't know that yet.

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  • Can I sue my Bank for mistakenly using a wrong currency on an international wire transfer resulting in unusual delays?

    I recently borrowed $20,000 from my bank to help support some family immediate needs outside of the USA. All loans documents have been signed and I am already repaying the loan. I initiated through a bank agent an international wire on 16 June 20...

    Michael’s Answer

    Assuming the bank was in error, you would also need to review your agreement with the bank. It will no doubt include an arbitration clause making recovery more difficult to predict. If no such clause, it is unlikely to be cost effective due to legal fees. You might discuss a claim with the bank informally.

    Note: This response is informational only and not advice. Please retain counsel if you desire legal advice. Thank you.

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  • Can i have someone attend court for me for a small claims filing in california

    physically unable to attend the hearings

    Michael’s Answer

    Contact the Small Claims Advisor, (858) 634-1777, available Monday to Thursday,
    phone hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    That's your best bet for an answer you can rely on.

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  • Does a defendant in a civil case have to attend trial?

    if a defendant has answered the complaint properly, and simply chooses not to show up at trial, does the plaintiff still have to prove up their case, since a default judgment seems to be reserved for those instances where the defendant has not ans...

    Michael’s Answer

    You have a number of good answers below. I would suggest your hidden question is whether you have a good reason to not appear given your case. Or not. I advise you to sit down with an attorney and go over this issue, not ask general questions.

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  • Best way to ensure refund of fees payed?

    I failed to deliver a project in time with about 60% complete, so I will refund the the full amount $11,800 in good faith without giving back the work done. Client is in TN and I'm in CA, they wanted a cashiers check through overnight made to the ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Best way? Hire an attorney to write a cover letter and transmit the check for you. Not perfect, but I think the best way.

    Note: This response is informational only and not advice. Please retain counsel if you desire legal advice. Thank you.

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