My husband had a terrible reaction to ear wax removal drops. This is the first time ever he used ear drops for wax removal. About 10 minutes after using the drops, he had stinging/itching from his neck to his waist. He took a tepid shower to relieve these symptoms. He has reported this to the pharmacy where he purchased the drops (it was their brand) and the pharmaceutical company. We submitted the drops to the pharmaceutical company, and they ran tests on the drops but have not sent us the test results yet. They are of the mind that we're going to sue them and have assigned an investigator. My husband is still sensitive to sunlight and has a reaction if he's in the sun for just a few minutes. What can we do? -- Robert from Margate, Fla.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure your husband is examined by a doctor; it sounds like an allergy specialist might be best. Show the doctor the product, and ask whether the doctor has had any experience with a reaction such as this. The doctor can advise him on the sun sensitivity issue. The next thing you should do is contact an experienced products liability attorney. Here is a link to the Broward County Bar Association: www.browardbar.org. Make an appointment to consult with an attorney. They can advise you as to how best to handle this matter. It is important to keep a diary of what has happened to your husband, and take notes on any discussions with your doctor.
I was divorced in June of '09 and walked away from everything. In October of '09, we had our divorce revised because I had a list of items that I wanted. The items were mainly the rest of my clothes, personal items and items that were given to me by family members. My ex-husband and his attorney agreed to return items. Here it is July '12, and I still can't get anything back. Am I out of luck getting anything now since it's been so long, or is there anything else I can do? -- Lisa from Des Moines, Iowa
You don't have to give up. First, you should send a letter to your ex's attorney telling him that you did not receive the items that you were supposed to. Give him a time limit to make the arrangements for you to retrieve your belongings, and tell him that if you don't receive them, you will take your ex back to court. If this doesn't work, you will have to file a motion with the court to enforce the revised divorce decree. If you have any correspondence or evidence of your attempts to obtain your things, make sure you take it to court to show the judge. You will have to serve the motion on your husband's attorney or your husband so that he receives notice.
I wrote a book in 2004 with a big publishing company. I had a one year publishing contract with them. They gave me the option of another contract where I would have to pay for channel distribution in order to keep the book in publication. I did not proceed with that option. By the middle of 2006, my contract had ended. In January 2012, this publishing house re-published my book in an eBook format without my knowledge or authority. In July of 2012, I went into my old email address and discovered that not only did they re-publish my book this past January, but they didn't even tell me that they did so until March of 2012 via an old email. They also stated that they knew that my contract had ended a while back. I decided to make two eBook purchases as proof that they illegally re-published my book six years later before any evidence could be destroyed. So, in all actuality, they stole my book and made unauthorized use of my work (manuscript). Please help me with this or provide some type of legal advice. Is there anything I can do now? -- Steven from Monroe, Mich.
This doesn't sound right to me. But, I do not know what your original contract said regarding republication. You need to go back and look at the fine print to see if they had any right to do this. If they did not, my suggestion is that you consult with a copyright attorney to determine the best way to handle this. I suspect that you wouldn't object to the republication if you were being compensated. If you don't want to hire an attorney, you should write a letter to the company asking for an accounting of how many books have been sold and monies that they have received. Ask for compensation and a new contract to protect you in the future. If they won't cooperate, then ask them to cease and desist from publishing the book.
(Jackie Glass is a lawyer and former district court judge from Las Vegas, Nev., who is the new host of CBS's daytime legal affairs program, "Swift Justice With Jackie Glass." Visit www.SwiftJustice.com for more information, local show times and to submit your legal questions to Jackie.)Copyright 2012 by Tribune Media Services, Inc.