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I have a settlement document that says I'm not allowed to discuss it anywhere, but I've already posted online about it?: A bank owed me money, so I made a forum post online to discuss what I should do about it. I then decided to sue in small claims.

The bank decided to settle, but in the settlement documents they want me to sign there is a "confidentiality and non-disparagement" section. Well the internet post was already created well before they agreed to settle.

From the moment I sign and deliver the documents, I won't say anything else about it, but am I at risk for the existing internet post?

Asked 1 day ago in Business

Michael’s answer: Send a copy of the settlement documents to the ISP and request that the post be removed unless you believe all the potential future aggravation is worth it.

Answered 1 day ago.


Can I sue an ebay seller who kept the item I returned and did not refund my money?: I purchased a coin from "theconsignmenthub." When I received it, I noticed it had been cleaned, making the coin useless to me as a collector. I returned the coin within a couple of days. The seller claims they have not received the coin and refused to refund my money. When I left negative feedback, the seller contacted ebay and ebay removed the negative feedback, claiming that the time limits had passed, which they had not. Ebay is in collusion with a dishonest seller. What can I do to get a refund from this seller?

Asked 1 day ago in Contracts

Michael’s answer: You can sue. However, a question that I have for you is how are you going to prove that the coin was returned? It appears to be your word against their word, unless you have a receipt of some sort.

Answered 1 day ago.


Can I purchase a firearm in California or out-of-state with my current situation?: So when I was 16 (I think). I signed a 5150 contract while I was being held in a Mental Institution for seeking help from my counselor, because I was having bad thoughts at the time. (I'm 100% ok nowadays however, a year later). The contract prevents me from purchasing a firearm in California until I'm 20 or 21, I believe, and I'm not sure if it's California specific, so I was wondering if I were to move out of state to a more gun-friendly state, would I be able to purchase a firearm? I'm able to get a single hearing from the 5150 as well, but I'm not ready to take it. I'm open to clarifying some stuff.

Asked 1 day ago in Contracts

Michael’s answer: It will depend on the entirety of the circumstance. I don't understand the phrase "I signed a 5150 contract" because the process varies from county to county. If you were adjudicated as to a mental defect or had a commitment to a mental health institution then it is likely a lifetime ban. However, as interpreted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, involuntary detention in a psychiatric facility “for observation” (as in California’s 72-hour hold) is specifically excluded. An individual who has been on a 72-hour hold is not federally barred from owning firearms and will pass a background check performed in California once the 5 year ban expires or is ended by court order. If your experienced only included the 72-hour hold, you may be eligible to have a hearing to terminate any gun restriction early. I would contact an attorney with knowledge in this area because this is a very technical area in the law and you need someone who knows something about it. Best wishes.

Answered 1 day ago.