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Joseph D. Allen

Joseph D. Allen

  • Employment Law, Business Law, Landlord Tenant...
  • Arizona, Maryland
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  • Employment Law
  • Business Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • White Collar Crime
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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
J.D. (2006)
Honors: Pedrick Scholar
Activities: Arizona State Law Journal
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Maryland State Bar
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State Bar of Arizona # 026528
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74 Questions Answered

Q. Is it legal for five members of a nine member Board to meet (or email) to plan & agree on action at the next Board meet.
A: The answer will depend on what kind of board is in question- government or private company/non-profit. And then if it is governmental, it will depend on the laws governing that particular board- in addition to the Maryland Open Meetings Act. If private, it will depend on the bylaws or other related documents.
Q. contractor ripped me off because i wouldnt help him get his drugs
A: From the facts given, it does not appear that the contractor has a legitimate reason why they have not paid you for the work (and possibly overtime) that they owe you. You should discuss with an employment/labor attorney who offers free initial consultations. These kinds of cases are sometimes appropriate for contingency arrangements.
Q. I was told that I had to have surgery in order to be represented in a suit against the apartments where I reside
A: Medical expenses are a major component of this type of claim, but having surgery is not necessarily required. Lost income and other expenses are also relevant to damages. You should discuss with an attorney.
Q. I need advice on what I should do when I believe I was illegally evicted?
A: You'd want to discuss all the facts and circumstances with an attorney who practices in the landlord/tenant area.
Q. Does your company have to pay out accrued vac time if the maturity date in with in the last 2 weeks of your empowerment?
A: It depends on exactly how the policy is worded. Or if it is silent about this situation, it becomes a matter of interpretation. You can either inquire with them (assuming you've already given notice, of course)- or wait and see what happens. If they deny it, then depending on how much you are owed, consider seeking out an employment/labor attorney to discuss your case.
Q. How do I protect myself from being sued by company staff for recording scheduled meeting without permission? my rights?
A: Unless the staff has some cognizable injury from the recording (like by publishing scandalous parts online), it is not likely that you will be sued. But if you get a demand from an attorney, you should hire one yourself.
Q. Is there a life expectancy of carpet in Maryland that a landlord can no longer charge for excessive damage?
A: It could be argued that a carpet would have had to be replaced after 6 years of normal wear and tear due to its intended use. While the "no-shoes" addendum is creative, it may not be the thing to hang a hat on in court. Attempt to come to an agreement with the ex-tenant- preferably in writing.
Q. A drum company has my drums and will not give them back. They will not answer my calls or emails. What can I do?
A: Your rights will be defined by what your agreement with the drum company was- plus equitable principles to fill in the gaps. You can hire an attorney to demand the return of the drums and/or work out a deal with the company- or you might be able to sue them.
Q. someone at my old job put bleach on my ice and I drank it. they a week later they fired me what can I do?
A: Civil (and criminal) liability for the poisoner themselves seems pretty straightforward (if it is provable with evidence). The employer's responsibility for the bleach incident is less clear. As for the termination itself, there are not enough facts to analyze. And it seems likely there are many more facts involved. You should discuss all the circumstances with an attorney.
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