Could three partners all file separately against a landlord for $15,000 each on a wrongful eviction? It would be worth it if all three of us could do it because this guy took all three of us to court for protesting in front of the property. To get us to stop picketing, he locked us out with no notice, just turned off our utilities and decided that he was raising our bar's rent. We said no, and he locked our doors and kept our things! -- Blaze from Philadelphia, Pa.
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There's little doubt that 10 years from now, when high school football fans and experts look back and debate how good Bellflower St. John Bosco's team was in 2013, the verdict will be near unanimous: the best in Southern California history.
Even before Saturday night's 20-14 victory over Concord De La Salle in the CIF state championship Open Division bowl game, the Braves (16-0) were receiving rave reviews.
Outgoing Santa Margarita Coach Harry Welch said the Braves were the best team he'd seen since he started coaching in 1965. Mission Hills Alemany Coach Dean Herrington said the Braves "should be in the Pac-12, not the Pac-5." Former Woodland Hills Taft Coach Troy Starr said that from a talent standpoint, St. John Bosco resembled the great Carson and Banning teams from the 1980s.
But all that would have been forgotten if St. John Bosco had not found a way to defeat De La Salle, a program that had won 67 consecutive games against California teams and four consecutive Open Division bowl championships.
A record crowd of 16,791 went to StubHub Center for three bowl games, with more than 12,000 staying around to see one of the best football matchups in state history. St. John Bosco's stars came through, including quarterback Josh Rosen passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns, sophomore running back Sean McGrew rushing for 143 yards, and Jaleel Wadood catching five passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
"It's a great moment," Coach Jason Negro said. "From last January, almost for 12 months now, everybody has been saying we should be state champs. A lot of expectations. Our kids did a tremendous job. I'm real proud of them."
It only figured that in the moment when victory or defeat was still undecided, an unsung hero emerged. With 2 minutes 15 seconds left and De La Salle driving, junior lineman Gavin Windes recognized a screen play in the making, tipped up a pass from Chris Williams and made the interception at the 38-yard line on fourth down.
"It was awesome," Windes said. "So many emotions are going through me. When I felt it, I held on to it with all my heart."
Finding a weakness for St. John Bosco is very difficult. The Braves' offensive and defensive lines had size and strength. Rosen became one of the best junior quarterbacks in the state. McGrew blossomed into an all-star running back, using his speed to score touchdowns in bunches. The linebackers and secondary were as good as they come. And don't forget about kicker Reid Budrovich, who had two field goals Saturday.
In the course of the season, there were challenges. When Rosen suffered a shoulder injury, for two games the Braves seemed beatable. But backup quarterback Andrew Katnik was good enough to step in and manage the offense.
Considering St. John Bosco went through the powerful Trinity League unbeaten and won its first Pac-5 Division title, kudos go to a coaching staff that successfully convinced its players to focus on one game at a time. That is one of the hardest things to do in high school football.
It was a long, sometimes exhausting, yearlong journey for the Braves.
"I can go out now for Christmas," Negro said. "My kids are missing me."
Yes, Negro will have a couple of weeks to relax and refresh. Then it's time for 2014, and with Rosen, McGrew and several linemen returning, St. John Bosco will try to do it all over again.
Since the landlord evicted your business, you will need to file the lawsuit in the name of that business, not as individuals. It is illegal for a landlord to evict tenants by force, for instance by turning off utilities, changing locks and keeping property. Evictions must be done through a court procedure that involves notice and a hearing. The landlord must win a judgment in court and obtain a "writ of possession." You can check with the court to see if a judgment was obtained. If the procedure was not followed, you should consult with a real estate attorney and consider filing suit.
My medical center failed to tell me that I had a bulging disc, and now I have three bulging discs with sciatica nerve pain. Sitting is painful. I can't walk. I wobble standing in one place. To continue to do those things would cause severe pain to where I have to lay down on my left side. I can go on and on. It would help to get compensation. I have proof that they told me my MRI was normal, not once did they say I had a bulging disc. This set me up for a relapse, causing my condition to worsen. Were they medically negligent? Please help! -- Angela from Grandview, Mo.
Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex and costly. They are also difficult to prove. There is no way for me to advise you about your situation. The best course for you to take is to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your community. There are time limits for filing these actions, so don't wait. Do some research, find a good lawyer and set up a consultation. Good luck.
In April of 2009, I was sentenced to 5 years of probation, an ankle monitor and an in-home breathalyzer due to a DUI. I was driving and hit a parked car, which in turn caused an injury to a person standing nearby. In the end, I was charged with three felonies. This was my first ever offense, and I have completed the DUI classes, and finished with the ankle monitor, urine testing and breathalyzer. I have paid all fines, but still have an outstanding balance to revenue and recovery. I make monthly payments and have never been late. I have not been in any trouble since this incident and have passed all tests given by probation. I would like to know how I can get these reduced down to misdemeanors. Thank you. -- Crystal from Sacramento, Calif.
It sounds like you have been a model probationer. Unless your plea agreement allowed for you to have your charges reduced when you successfully completed probation, I don't believe you can do it. You should go back and carefully review your guilty plea agreement to see if that was part of your plea deal. If it is not, then you should contact your attorney and ask this question. You should also inquire about the rules for sealing your record and what the time requirements are for sealing felonies. Keep up the good work.
(Jackie Glass is a lawyer and former district court judge from Las Vegas, Nev. Submit your legal questions to Jackie by emailing email@example.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @theJudgeGlass. This column is being provided for informational purposes only. It may not be relied upon by you as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.)