Law

Q. Does a store have the right to limit who may park in its parking lot? Isn’t this public property? Can I be towed for parking where I shouldn’t?

A. As a general rule, a parking lot is not public property. Nearly all parking lots are private property, and the owner of the lot may limit who may park in the lot. Whether you may be towed, however, is a different question.

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Q. I am set to go to justice court. I think I have a good case and I am very comfortable representing myself. If I win, will he be forced to pay me? Does he have to pay court costs if I win?

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Q. A gravel truck was driving past the entrance to the freeway when I entered. His wheel threw a rock that hit my windshield. I called, and the company said it was not responsible. Who is at fault and how can I get reimbursed for my windshield?

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Q. My family was involved in a car accident. My brother was driving and my 80 year-old grandmother was also in the vehicle, along with my mother. It was the other driver’s fault. We are attempting to settle, but the insurance company only wants to pay for medical bills and damage to our car, even though we went through a lot of stress and other financial loss. What can I do to have them compensate us?

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Q. I was renting a house with two of my friends. The house burned down because of the electrical fault. We still have six months more to go on lease. We did not have a renter’s insurance. The fire was not our fault. We lost most of our property. We assume the owner has insurance. Can we file to recover for our damages? Can we get compensation toward rent?

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sports cars on the highway

Alert travelers see the signs alongside the highway – “Left Lane for Passing Only.” For many, the warning has sunk in and become a habit, but some drivers have forgotten to heed those signs or are just ignoring them altogether.

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revolverand bullets

The recent Legislature expanded the times and places Texans can be armed. In the near future, all persons with a concealed gun permit will be authorized to openly display their weapons almost anywhere in the state of Texas. The process for receiving gun permits in Texas pretty well educates the would-be license holder on the circumstances that allow for use of one’s weapon. 

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A man see police lights behind him as he drives drunk.

A new law aimed at reducing repeat drunk driving offenses and saving lives on Texas roadways officially goes into effect Tuesday, Sept. 1, just ahead of one of the busiest traffic weekends of the year.

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Q. I heard that the Massachusetts’s Supreme Court said taking a video under the skirt of a woman is not illegal. I don’t understand how a court can say this is legal. Is it legal in Texas?

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