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Luke Ellis

13 articles in 2003

The Common Law

Can I cancel an order and get my money back because the item is taking so long to get here?

Column, Dec. 26, 2003

The Common Law

I used cash to buy electronics equipment from the Austin store of a nationwide electronics company. I want to get my money back but am not sure what my options are.

Column, Dec. 19, 2003

The Common Law

What is the easiest way for me to have my credit card company take care of a problem?

Column, Dec. 12, 2003

The Common Law

My friends have told me that I should use credit cards instead of cash because they offer more protection for consumers. Are they right?

Column, Dec. 5, 2003

The Common Law

One of the trees in my front yard hangs over my neighbor's driveway. Would I be responsible if one of the branches fell off the tree and caused damage to her car?

Column, Nov. 28, 2003

The Common Law

My husband and I throw a blowout party during the holidays that normally involves the heavy drinking of his friends. What kind of responsibility do we have if one of them gets in a car accident while trying to drive home after the party?

Column, Nov. 21, 2003

The Common Law

I'm a first-time dog owner. My friend recently told me that I would have to pay for all damages my dog causes if he ever bites someone. Is this right?

Column, Nov. 7, 2003

The Common Law

My daughter just turned 14 over the summer, and she keeps talking about getting a job. I thought you had to be at least 16 before you could work legally. Can she really work at only 14?

Column, Oct. 24, 2003

The Common Law

I got laid off from my job more than three weeks ago. How can I get my old boss to pay me without a big hassle?

Column, Oct. 17, 2003

The Common Law

I want to break the lease on my apartment, so I can move in with a friend and save money. My landlord says I still have to pay the remaining five months rent. Is there any way to break the lease and avoid paying rent?

Column, Sep. 12, 2003

The Common Law

I'm renting an apartment and have eight more months left on the lease. I'm planning to travel over the next four months and want to rent the apartment to a friend while I'm gone. Do I have the right to rent the apartment to someone else?

Column, Sep. 5, 2003

The Common Law

Can I Have My Security Deposit Returned If I Never Moved In?

Column, Aug. 29, 2003

The Common Law

My potential landlord says she has never used a lease in the past and doesn't want to use one with me. Is that OK?

Column, Aug. 22, 2003

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