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How do I get my money from class-action lawsuit after settlement?

A few months ago, I joined a class of plaintiffs in the High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation. The defendants settled a month ago. When do I get my money? [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on Jun 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Statute of limitations is up on a medical product-liability lawsuit?

Hi all, When I was 10, I took stomach drug called Propulcid, which gave me permanent Epilepsy. I am now 26 and want to sue the makers, but the statute of limitations in Maryland ended at age 21 (I'm 26 now). I want to sue, but given these limitations, no contingency-based lawyer will take my case. What can I do? Thanks!
posted by Kombucha3452 on May 1, 2014 - 7 answers

"Works on Contingency? No, money down!" How does this work in Australia?

You are, of course, not my Australian lawyer. However, my SO may soon be hiring one for a suit against a hospital. To ensure that the lawyer we're hiring is the kind that we think we're hiring, she's asked me what the difference (if any) is between a no-win, no fee lawyer, and a lawyer that is hired under a contingency agreement. [more inside]
posted by MarchHare on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Legal settlement, we don't know where to begin.

My mother endured injuries while working for the post office that left her mostly immobile. She was eligible to retire early due to these injuries. She sued her doctors and they agreed on a settlement of 475,000 (Before misc fees and deductions). I believe its for lost wages. [more inside]
posted by Highest_Of_Fives on Aug 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Need help fighting sleazy collection lawyers

I know I need a lawyer to deal with this, but I'm hoping that knowledgeable MeFi-ites can help me find the language needed to correctly describe the problem and my desired outcome, and perhaps give some advice as to how to find the right sort of lawyer. Warning, this is long... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Documentary about a man representing himself in a lawsuit?

A friend of mine is trying to remember the name of a documentary they once saw and Google has failed them. I'm forever touting the skill and speed with which the AskMe community solves dilemmas like these, so don't fail me now! Here's what she asked me: I saw a documentary about a man who was representing himself in a lawsuit or series of lawsuits -- I think the government had filed them against him for sending threatening letters. Something about defending his land and eminent domain... He had a wife that he met in a foreign country. She was a lot younger than him and she moved to the US and married him. They were both chain smokers and used a plastic fork as a cigarette holder. They lived in a trailer that was a mess and full of document boxes of his "research" for his case. And they had a few big dogs.
posted by ErWenn on May 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Former Employee Asked To Testify In Lawsuit

I've been called as a witness in a lawsuit against my former employer (MegaCorp: a large, multi-national well-known media company). I have not worked for the company in many years, but have been in constant contact as this lawsuit was threatened before I resigned. Several (hopefully simple) Questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 20 answers

Can the (federal) government take everything Armstrong owns?

Re the Justice Department joining the lawsuit against Lance Armstrong--can the federal government force the sale of assets to pay off a judgment?. That is, hypothetically, if Armstrong has $8 million in non-cash assets (houses, land, cars, etc), and he's being sued for $15 million and loses, can the government liquidate all of his assets to at least pay off a part of that amount? Armstrong is a disgrace and a jerk, but could he also become a pauper?
posted by BadgerDoctor on Feb 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Would you write a billion-dollar check?

So Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple ONE BILLION DOLLARS. Let's assume this is final, and ignores appeal, etc. How would this actually happen? I can't see it being a big check delivered on stage. Bank transfer? Scheduled payments over the course of XX years? (Freightcars loaded with pennies delivered in spite?)
posted by turbogeezer on Aug 28, 2012 - 15 answers

How should I resolve my debt?

Debt Management Plan or Bankruptcy? or Option C? YANAL and YANML [IL filter] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Do I need an appellate lawyer or a FOIA lawyer?

I (mostly) won my FOIA case, pro se. They're going to appeal the decision. Ruh-roh.... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Jun 19, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I go about sending a letter requesting an out-of-court settlement to someone I can potentially sue?

At the advice of counsel, I need to send a letter to a party I thought about suing suggesting we settle a personal injury case out of court. The lawyer is out of the picture for now, otherwise it'll cost me money. So... how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by Opal on May 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Attacked by dog, how to get owner to take responsibility?

Help me think straight. I was attacked by a loose German Shepherd while out on a walk with my husband and our two small leashed dogs. What should I do next? The owner is in denial and I am concerned for the safety of myself and others. I think that if I threaten a lawsuit I could scare her into building a fence and reinforcing her door. I'm interested in getting her to take action to keep her dog enclosed or to take it to a behaviorist, not trying to win money in a settlement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2012 - 36 answers

What is the deal with process serving?

Several years ago I was served papers for a civil suit by a process server whose demeanor I can't get out of my head. How does process serving really work? What is the cultural and legal context here? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Apr 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Please help me understand this court case (if it is one)

Please help me understand this court case (if it is one). I have made some attempts to try and find help with the California court noted here but I've been told "that's not us" and am a little embarrassed with my attempts to chase this down. I've also emailed the attorneys and other people involved but they are not responding perhaps due to the controversial nature of the case. [more inside]
posted by uhom on Feb 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Recovering expense funds from former employer

Legal advice on recovering expenses from my former company that doesn't want to pay? [more inside]
posted by unrulychild on Feb 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Parody vs. Copyright?

Parody or copyright violation? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Jan 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Suing person with unknown address

Is it possible to sue someone for services rendered if you don't have their address? [more inside]
posted by carlsdad on Dec 28, 2011 - 15 answers

I might be suing someone soon. What do I have to know?

I'm considering suing a company. Have you ever sued someone? I can't get a hold of my lawyer, and I could use your advice/wisdom. [more inside]
posted by Opal on Dec 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Proceed with a magistrate vs. a district judge?

Pros and cons of consenting to disposition of a case by a magistrate judge vs. sticking with U.S. District Judge. [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Worrying is in my genes and this is definitely not helping me right now

YANAL but I need to get some answers so I can stop obsessively worrying about whether or not I can get sued over this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 - 23 answers

It's either this or they burn their rent checks

NYC renters filter, asking for a friend: calling 311 over repeated and frequent lack of heat and hot water isn't working, as the landlord is a flagrant scofflaw. A lawsuit seems to be the next step - any advice from others who've taken that step? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Nov 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Are lawsuits really such a hassle?

If lawsuits are so sticky and messy, why do I read about so many ridiculous court cases? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Sep 24, 2011 - 28 answers

Can this programmer (me) be successfully sued?

I improved a website for a business. The client was satisfied throughout the project and at launch 1 yr ago. But he fell out with his partners and they're threatening to sue me. I billed about $5k for the site. The site now does everything he wanted - consistent navigation, improved graphics, data driven pages (it had been over 100 html pages with little consistency among them). Can I be sued for violating some best practices like not saving Includes in their own directory, having some HTML tags inside a SQL database, leaving test code and unused files on the production site and not optimizing queries, commenting-out unused code instead of removing it? Can I be sued for leaving the site vulnerable to SQL Injection attacks even if there were no actual damages? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 - 22 answers

How far should I take this complaint?

Should I press charges for sexual harassment? The owner of the company has stated that he will back me if I pursue this. I want to know what to expect and any experience anyone has with a similar situation. Also please note this is not an idle accusation -- this person was the GM and fired recently for stealing commissions from employees. Not a good guy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Bank won't finance our home builder, can he win if he sues us?

We have begun building a house, we have the plans, the lot and the builder. No ground broken yet. We signed the contract with the builder. When securing the financing, we were told that the builder has several liens and they will not finance us if we use him. Based on the title search, they said no bank would give us money if he is involve. Could he win if he sues for breach of contract? Can we legally back out of this contract in light of these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Jun 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Looking for a really mean lawyer in Maryland.

My employer is owed a great deal of money by the University of Maryland Medical System, and we are preparing to sue. Can you recommend a really mean lawyer to kick their ass in court? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Should she make a statement?

YANMCanadianL: Should my girlfriend talk to this insurance adjuster at all, or just ignore this? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Mar 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Fired at work and I now need to get back on track

How to get my life back and remove the stigma after wrongful dismissal? [more inside]
posted by penguinkeys on Feb 19, 2011 - 22 answers

My former employer leaked my ss number!

Can I sue my former employer for leaking my social security number, email address and physical address? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Feb 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me - my boss is trying to screw me out of worker's comp and I'm a statutory employee!

I work for a club in the San Fernando Valley and recently broke my ankle on the job. I am classified as 1099 but am actually a misclassified statutory employee and I think the the guy who owns the club and/or his insurance company is/are trying to cheat his way out of paying me worker's comp. and covering the cost of my pending operation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Suing an LLC building contractor?

Suing my contractor. Insurance companies want to enter mediation to settle, but contractor won't supply them with necessary info for them to investigate and move forward. Now what? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Feb 5, 2011 - 11 answers

What kind of lawyer do I need, if any?

What kind of lawyer do I need, if any? Suing father for ownership of a custodial (UTMA) account. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Jan 16, 2011 - 17 answers

There should be a way to Google this...

What are the "big" active lawsuits Google is involved in right now? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jan 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Mom being sued, should she lawyer up? Car accident...

Does mom need to get a lawyer? Car accident stuff inside... [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 27, 2010 - 17 answers

How to repair a business relationship after a lawsuit?

How should I repair my relationship wth my former employer after a lawsuit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2010 - 6 answers

If a collections action goes to court, does the claimant have to be present?

If a collection goes to court, does the claimant have to be present? And a couple other questions about collections. [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Sep 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Acne out, reflux in?

I took Accutane for acne in high school, and in college I was diagnosed with GERD and will probably have to take Nexium for the rest of my life. I never associated the two, but this evening I noticed one of those sleazy "sue prescription drug companies!" ads that said that Accutane has been linked to GI disorders. Is this worth pursuing, and if so, how should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by luvcraft on Jul 25, 2010 - 12 answers

You're sueing me for WHAT???

Legal/debt collector woes: I was just served papers saying I am being sued by a debt collector for non-payment of $86. I am fairly certain I have paid this bill in full, but they are refusing to give me any kind of statement or accounting showing I still owe this amount. What can I do?? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jul 19, 2010 - 15 answers

How to overcome my fear of getting sued?

How can I get over being afraid of getting sued? I like my mental health-related job but internally panic every time I have a client start saying they'll sue me, take my license, etc. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jul 15, 2010 - 23 answers

Where's Jackie Chiles when you need him?

I need a lawyer and advice for dealing with a crazy neighbor and loose noise laws in Denton, TX. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 - 18 answers

See you in court?

Should a plaintiff provide copies of her smalls claims court lawsuit papers to the insurance company of the party she is suing? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Mar 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Advice on being an expert witness? (And what to charge?)

Advice on being an expert witness? (And what to charge?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2010 - 8 answers

If I get sued it would stink

YANML filter: Will I get sued for publicly saying a true fact about a somewhat known actor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2010 - 16 answers

We're getting sued.

We're getting sued. [more inside]
posted by treepour on Mar 1, 2010 - 20 answers

What court would I use for a DMCA lawsuit?

A web host has refused to comply with a DMCA notice I've sent. I am interested in filing a lawsuit, but the web host (an individual/small company, not one of the big ones) has claimed I'd need to file in the federal court located in the state where he is incorporated. Is this true? Why can't I file in my own state if I'm protecting my own copyrighted material?
posted by justonegirl on Jan 28, 2010 - 26 answers

Their lovin' don't pay my bills

I'm a freelance writer who's considering suing a client for nonpayment. Before I go there, please give me the benefit of your experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 - 12 answers

should I sue?

Should I sue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Calling all ex-tenants

How can I track down former residents of a specific apartment complex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 - 12 answers

Baseball Bat lawsuit WTF?

Is there a rest of the story to the recent award of US$850K to a person hit by a baseball from the bat's manufacturer? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Oct 30, 2009 - 13 answers

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