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My bank gave a third party access to my banking online and 3

My bank gave a third party access to my banking online and 3 years worth of my bank statements through their banking online. I had them close my account, but they didn't do it properly and charged me a $25 "fee." They wouldn't let me open another checking account, but rather a savings account which now requires me to have a daily minimum balance. So now I have 2 accounts, 3 in total, and someone has 3 years of my bank statements saved on their computer. I am out no monetary damages except the $25, and the minimum daily balance as of right now, but this is a gross violation of my privacy, and I do not know what my recourse is.

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I own a very sucessful small business. We rented property

I own a very sucessful small business. We rented property from a man for 3 years who is in the technology industry. We moved out in July and owe him around $24,000.00 rent, taxes, insurance. He filed suit just weeks after we moved out even though I have been trying to work out a settlement with him. Court date is not until mid October. We were emailing back and forth two nights ago and I mentioned that I may have to declare personal bankruptcy. At that point he began making numerous threats. He said that if I did not pay he had a technology team that he will use to develop websites, blogs etc. to ruin my business, that he will inform our clients, vendors etc. He stated that he would make sure my children and grandchildren would know about it. This exchange upset my wife quite a bit. He has the ability to do these things.My question is his behavior extortion or blackmail?

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My father's estate has problems with neighbor. One (1) ): He

My father's estate has problems with neighbor. One (1) ): He put a fence up without a permit and which blocks the Estate's driveway Two (2): He paved his private road without a permit and made it higher making it so that a car is not able to get into the Estate's driveway without tilting over. Three (3): He yelled and screamed at real estate brokers to get off his private road so that agent and buyer were unable to walk the property. What are the behaviors in this scenario that could rise to tortuous interference with a real estate contract?If Estate hung on to the property while the Court decided this, can the neighbor be liable for the difference in the appraised value, the mortgage payments, court costs, and legal fees while the court was being decided?If the property was sold and the suit was not limited to forcing him to take down the fence or to regrade the driveway but instead the central issue was the interference with the contract for sale, could the Estate remain an interested party?

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Tortious interference, Defamation, Abuse of process... I put

Tortious interference, Defamation, Abuse of process...I put on a sporting event at an Indian Reservation, which is sovereign ground an not bound to the laws and rules of the California State Athletic Commission. A high ranking officer with the commission deliberately tried to destroy my event. He called athletes, coaches and trainers backstage after the event started, telling them they will be preeminently suspended if they competed in my show. He called officials working the event threatening them with a lifetime suspension if they work the event. I had officials and ahtletes leave in fear of a suspension. This caused my show to come to a stop and took us over an hour to regroup. The show never finished as we had to cancel it before the end. I have received many complaints, had to return ticket money and the resort is upset due to the show and complaints. My name and company where discredited all over social media which is devastating in a grass roots sport like MMA. Jason

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I am worried about my lawsuit getting dismissed due to

I am worried about my lawsuit getting dismissed due to inaction.I hired an attorney to sue a realtor who forged my signature on something I was vehemently opposed to signing. The result was devastating financial loss in the form of my only robustly profitable rental property and the income that formed the backbone of my retirement income.It's been 2 years since I hired the first of two attorneys. I let him go a year ago when he refused to help me respond to discovery and was demanding $6000 to continue, despite having $2400 of mine and a retainer that said he would never ask for more than $3000 at a time. The second attorney revised the complaint by adding causes of action related to tortious interference in my business relationships with my former tenants, filed it as the first amended complaint, and helped me respond to discovery.There was a case management this month, but it was postponed at my attorney's request.Recap: The forgery was in June 2013. I hired a lawyer in July 2014, filed the lawsuit in May 2015 and a filed a first amended complaint with a new attorney in June 2016. My legal costs to date for both attorneys have been about $24,000 and I couldn't be less happy about progress than I am now. I haven't sent out discovery, for example, and it's essential that we talk to the escrow officer, the buyers, and their agents to find out what they recall about my agents' disclosures about me and my desire to cancel, if any. Three years out, they might have forgotten, and can easily get away with saying they have forgotten, even if they haven't.I imagined an aggressive advocate fueled by indignation and righteousness, fascinated by damning evidence in the contents of 3 years of email between me and my agent, which I organized for ease of study. I have only discussed the case once with the new attorney, and I don't know if he sees it as I see it. What I lost was rental income until the day I died and an asset to leave my brother's children. He is focused on the selling price being too low, but that's chump change compared to its income should I live another 30years, and likely to devolve into dueling appraisals; I am outraged that it sold at all.Could the defendants (the agent and her broker, who repeatedly told her not to cancel the escrow, she said at the time) move to have this case dismissed for lack of prosecution at this point? Would it be considered malpractice if my attorney, by neglecting the case, allowed that to happen? Finally, should I look for attorney #3 at this point?

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I was a CPA and tax preparer for a commercial real estate

I was a CPA and tax preparer for a commercial real estate client in 2009. I retired in 2010 due to glaucoma and the client retained a new tax preparer. The taxpayer was subject to an IRS audit in either 2013, 2014, and I was summoned with a third party summons. I worked with the client's attorney and I appeared in an IRS interview in May 2015. The client's attorney was present, as was several IRS agents. I provided truthful information to the IRS that day. I have not heard from the IRS or the attorney since then. I have always had a good relationship with this client, even after I retired.After retirement, I purchased a business who rents property from the client. Since the testimony, the client has been getting increasingly hostile toward me, and in June 2016 changed business practices on my payment of rent to him (my company is very cyclical, and he always allowed me to fall behind in our slow months, but get caught up in our busier months. In this case, he waited until the highest month I fall behind, June, to tell me I owe him all due rent or he would file suit), and told me that he would make sure I went out of business and bankrupt. He was very agitated, and I felt threatened. After he stormed out, his wife turned to me and said "We should have put you out of business a year ago". He has subsequently filed suit, but unfortunately, in Missouri retaliation is not a defense in a rent case. Before I was served with the suit, I had made an offer to vacate the premises in a timely manner and pay the rent due over time. Right after the offer, the wife had asked for proprietary information to evaluate the offer. I provided the information, and they promptly have gone out and shared the proprietary information with my competitors and telling them I will be out of business by next month. They have also discussed my business with my clients who have called them to discuss the situation.My questions is this...Is there provisions or protections afforded me in this situation. I have contacted the IRS, but have not heard back from them yet. Can we do something in a civil case?Thank you.

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I am a teacher from the United States. I am currently in the

I am a teacher from the United States. I am currently in the United States. I signed a contract for teaching English with a university in China (represented by a recruiter) starting in August of this year. In the meantime, I was offered a much better job in the U.S. The Chinese contract states that breaking the contract results in a penalty of between 10,000 and 50,000RMB (or maybe more). I have several questions regarding this situation. First, is it legal for a contract to give such a broad range and even leave undefined ("maybe more") the penalty for breaking the contract. This seems suspicious. Second, would the school have any way to collect the penalty from me in a U.S court, is it likely? Third, what are the consequences, in terms of traveling or working in China in the future of breaking the contract and not paying the penalty. Fourth, what are the legal implications of being under a contract in the U.S .and one in China at the same time (because of a potential problem in the U.S., the school might decide to let me go after I sign the contract and so I might actually need to take the job in China--what would be potential problems with signing two contracts in two different countries whose periods overlap?)

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I want to report an egregious criminal to his employer but

I want to report an egregious criminal to his employer but I want to protect myself against any defamation charges so my good samaritan act doesn't blow up in my face. I could send an anonymous email, but doesn't everything online get traced these days? And doesn't an anonymous letter lose legitimacy? How do I go about reporting this dangerous individual without turning my own life into a living hell?

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My questions are a continuation from the same subject

Hello, my questions are a continuation from the same subject matter discussed earlier today. I have to submit answers to the complaint today. I have completed my answers, I'm now down to defenses and counter claims. I realize that you cannot advise me of the merits of defenses but in summary I believe that I have the following arguments to support my position:I own a golfcourse and restaurant operation. The lender is a old family owned bank in another state. When the real estate markets collapsed, they took a different approach than most lenders and sent their credit person to each commercial borrower and made good efforts to work through the crisis. That was a good move and it gave me time to work through things. I developed a close relationship with the credit officer who emphasized communication, honesty, and openess. I had no problem with this. Over the course of 7 years, we would spend significant amounts of time discussing the state of our markets among other things. During this period, the credit officer verbally assured me that they would help me work through things and even went do far as saying if portions of the property needed to be sold or developed, they would work through it with me. The loan renewed every 3 months and he would often come down to meet with me and see how I was doing. Because of this relationship, I continued to make a lot of sacrifices to keep things together. I placed a high priority on this business and property and used up my personal resources and resources from other businesses. The renewal documents were always e mailed to me and I would print them, get them notarized, and send them back. The frequency and the identical nature of the renewal documents eventually resulted in the execution of the documents without a detailed review. Over a year ago, the lender inserted a legal description of a property that I own that was never part of the mortgage. They also inserted some language that referred to the property as consideration to renew the note. I was completely unaware of this until 8 months later. Meanwhile, they sent another bank rep. Into the community and they started meeting with individuals who they thought might be interested in purchasing the note or possibly partnering in closing the golfcourse and developing themselves or jointly with some residents in our community. I was completely unaware of this. They Also began meeting with state and local govt. agencies to determine the permitting requirements and development regulations. The family that owns the bank, are also real estate developers. My credibility in this community and in the local neighborhood was basically shot, which affected my ability to seek investors as a long term solution. In addition to taking a parcel of property away from me with prior discussion, I really that there was lender interference. I believe that the way that they inserted legal descriptions and rewrote descriptions into the mortgage is a problem too. It's also possible that they are not in possession of the original loan docs. can you suggest some defenses in my answer to their complaint and my counter complaint as well?

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