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I am being sued by the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas involving a past casino debt (case # XXXXX). The plaintiff's attorney has served me with papers for which I am expected to respond by October 11th.FYI, I have already been through the criminal process. It was set to go to trial when I was given a counter offer by the DA's office to reduce my charges from felony to a gross misdemeanor which I (reluctantly) accepted. I was ordered by the court to make monthly ($200 minimum) payments which I have been doing now for over 1.5 years. I even report to the court once every 6-months to show proof of such. Considering that I have been making monthly payments already to the Hard Rock, I would think I would have some kind of defense in this case although I do realize one is criminal and one is civil. However it appears that they are trying to take a "second bite out out of the apple" as a local lawyer friend of mine so aptly put it.My question is... is this something you can assist me with and if so (and please forgive me if I sound too direct), would you be able to assist me with anything helpful related to my case that I could not do myself? ROBERT G
i am sorry that you are in the situation that you have. It sounds like you are working through the criminal issue. Unfortunately this site is only set up to respond to questions and provide legal information. We cannot represent you in legal matters.
From what you have described, you should be able to avoid additional damages because you are already paying restitution (assuming the criminal and civil liabilities stem from the same transaction).
Since it appears you were convicted of the criminal charge related to the civil charge, defending the civil charge may be very difficult. What you need to be concerned with is that the damages (amount owed) awarded are proper. A civil suit just confirms the debt due. The result of a civil suit is only to get a judgment which creates an lawfully endorsed and enforceable obligation. A court cannot force payment, it just recognizes the debt is due.
The casino may be pursuing the civil charge only to protect itself in case you stop paying. In other words if you stop paying and serve jail time the casino would still like to get its money through the civil remedies.
After obtaining a judgment in order to get money the Plaintiff would have to go through the collection process if you stop making payments. Any payments you have already made would be credited. You may also be able to defend any collection activity based on the fact you are already making payments under a court mandated payment plan.
One word of caution keep a record of all payments. There have been situations where a payee seems to have lost its records and demands the payor prove they made the payments. By keeping canceled checks or receipts you can defeat collectors years down the road hoping to cash in on the fact you don't have records.
Thanks Jack. I am not expecting you to handle this for me but to just give me some advice as you kind of just did. Regarding my receipts... yes, of course I have them. However, it is already on record that I have been paying back the minimum monthly amount and, for that matter, I have to report every 6 months just to show that I have. That's a fact.
I understand what you said about it being difficult to defend the civil charge since I technically already admitted GUILT by accepting the DA's counteroffer. What I need is assistance in responding to the Summons as I have no idea how to do so. Since I am not trying to defend myself against the actual charge, do I not respond or what do I do?
What you should do is respond. A response to the Complaint looks just like the complaint itself.
You can the state that payment is already being made as a result of the criminal case and that this lawsuit would effectively duplicate damages already awarded.
Here is a link to a template answer. The paragraphs referred to in the template are the numbered paragraphs in the complaint.
You will need to write in the correct county ( white out and write in)
Under the defenses section check all the boxes, and then add a line stating Defendant is already paying Court ordered restitution
You then sign the document.
You file one copy with the court ( hand 3 copies to the Clerk) send one of the copies to the other attorney. You only have approx. 28 days to get this filed with the court.
Thanks. Your last response was actually very helpful. You mention that I have 28 days to respond, but I believe my response is due NEXT Friday on the 11th. FYI, it was actually due tomorrow but I was able to get an extension (which I have in an email from the Plaintiff's attorney) due to a death in my family this past Monday. I had previously typed out a response that I was going to file with the clerk. The response is attached. Will it suffice or I am not following certain legal protocol. Let me know if you have any suggestions?
You need to put it in the format of the sample (template) I sent you. You can then add a statement in the defenses section saying you have been paying on the obligation for 1.5 years. If you submit the document you attached, the other side will ask that it be stricken (deleted and ignored) from the record. It is better than nothing but if possible use the template.
It will take you only minutes complete.
I will use the template. Can I get back to you if I have any issues or questions regarding properly filling it out?
yes, just open a question and start it with the word "For Jack R. Only". I'll then be able to respond.
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Jack, I have attached the partially completed template that you sent me the link for. Please look it over. I wan't sure how to fill out the "Answering Paragraph's" section because on the summons, there are 36 paragraph's.
Looks good. Put the numbers of the paragraphs you agree with (admit) on the 1st paragraph entry (line 16) e.g 1-3,4,6,10,11
Put the ones you disagree (deny) with on the 2nd paragraph answering section (line 18).
Put the ones you cannot agree or deny in the third answering section (line 20).
On Line 24, if you want to make a statement about any paragraph this is where you put it. The statements should be very short not a dissertation. The court just wants to know if there is anything special about one of your responses.
You must address all 36 paragraphs, if you leave any out they are admitted by default.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX seen a copy of the actual summons? I only ask because I certainly do not understand each individual paragraph enough to warrant answering them correctly and was hoping you could assist me with that.
not looking for you to answer the questions/complaints or even advise me. What I would like is for you to translate them to me in layman terms.
Okay Jack, I need to know if I am supposed to respond to all the Paragraphs (1 - 36) on pages 2 - 6. If so, I am going to need them explained to me as I do not understand most of them. I realize this might be a lot of work but I will make sure you get a decent bonus if you can assist me with this. You can download the summons at https://www.dropbox.com/s/8mu79pl9ql90bi3/HRH%20Summons.pdf
I went through your summons.
I found a lot of duplicate questions. Here is what I came up with by paragraph.
My observations paragraphs 1-4 are basically identification paragraphs.
when I state you don't know this refers to the fact you have insufficient knowledge to admit or deny.
1. deals with identifying Plaintiff unless you know all what is stated about plaintiff to be true you can state you have insufficient knowledge
2. Alleges you are an adult either admit deny or answer you do not know.
3. this probably falls into the unknown category
4.Asks if the transaction e.g. credit card application etc took place in Clark County either admit, deny or indicate you don't know
5. Did you apply for credit with the credit card company either admit, deny or indicate you don't know
6. Asks did you write a check or provide other means totaling $25,000 dollars to the Plaintiff either admit, deny or indicate you don't know
7. Alleges that the $25,000 payment did not go through e.g. a bad check either admit, deny or indicate you don't know
8.Identified the current balance admit, deny or indicate you don't know
9. Lists the current balance. More than likely you do not have enough information to admit or deny
10. Unless you know that employees tried to contact you , you should deny or indicate you don't know
11. No response required
12. Unless you are a lawyer you probably don't now
13. Same response as 9
14 same response as 9
15 Unless you know that Plaintiff was required to hire an attorney you should either deny or indicate you don't know
16. no response required
17. Ask whether you set up and account with the Plaintiff ( a credit account) admit, deny or indicate you don't know
18. Indicates you did not try to pay off the account admit, deny or indicate you don't know. Partial payments can be considered trying to pay off the account
19. same answer as 9
20. Same answer as 15
21 No response required
22. Asks whether the application for credit you signed requires you to repay money advanced admit, deny or indicate you don't know
(don't guess only admit if you know)
23 Same answer as 9
24 Same answer as 9
25 Same answer as 15
26 No response required
27 Same answer as 9
28 Same answer as 9
29. Same answer as 9 Unjust enrichment is legal cause of action something a lawyer would know not necessarily a lay person.
30 same answer as 9
31 same answer as 15.
32 no response required
33 Unless you are a lawyer you probably don't know what NRS 41.620 is
34. same answer as 7
35. Ask if you paid what you owed within 30 days of being asked to pay admit, deny or indicate you don't know
36. Indicate you don't know unless you know you owe what is requested.
where it that I should add in that I have "already been paying restitution as a result of a criminal court case"
Also, what I do fill in on page 3, paragraph 4 of the response paperwork (the paperwork that I am supposed to file with the court clerk)?
I assume you are talking about the certificate of Mailing. You put the address of the opposing counsel. If there is no opposing counsel the address of the Plaintiff. For safety you can put both addresses in that box.
You can put the fact you have paid restitution in the box on line 25 of page 1. It is already somewhat covered by the check box on line 21 page 2.
Not the "Certificate of Mailing" itself. However, on the same page (#3) towards the top (lines 4 & 5), there are 2 lines to fill in and I am not sure what is supposed to be filled in on those lines
Looks like you already did a good job including the restitution that you are paying. on lines 4,5. Nothing more is needed.
so tits okay what I wrote in on lines 4 & 5 then?
It is perfect. You still need to fillout lines 16-20 on pge 1
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I did already. I think I have it all. I am just going through everything to make sure and then I will finalize this with you (rating and bonus). It may be late tonight or tomorrow morning
Jack, here is my completed form https://www.dropbox.com/s/8byhup3hslxtplg/HRHH%20VS%20Gerstein%20Response.pdf
Please quickly look over pages 1-3 and let me know if it looks completed or if you have any suggestions. Once you give me your approval, I will finalize everything regarding rating and bonus
Attachment: 2013-10-09_215924_hrhh_vs_gerstein_response.pdfJack, here is my completed form https://www.dropbox.com/s/8byhup3hslxtplg/HRHH%20VS%20Gerstein%20Response.pdf
Please quickly look over pages 1-3 and let me know if it looks completed or if you have any suggestions. Once you give me your approval, I will finalize everything regarding rating and bonus.
FYI, I know I still have to add in the exact date and sign
Looks good. Make sure you follow the filing instructions included with the answer. Don't forget you need 4 copies when you go to the Clerk's office.
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