Answers to your legal questions

March 13, 2008 10:37:38 AM PDT
We have many viewers looking for some legal guidance and our People's Lawyer answers some questions.QUESTION:

Is it legal to charge more than the list price? I just bought something and discovered a lower price under the store's price tag.

ANSWER:

As far as the law is concerned, a store may charge any price it wants. In my opinion, however, covering up the list price and charging more violates the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Most people believe stores charge the list price and I believe it is deceptive to cover it up and charge more. Of course, the best way to deal with this is to talk with the store, and if there is not a good reason for the price increase, let it know you and your friends will not shop elsewhere.

QUESTION:

Can I sue a former employer who have me a bad recommendation?

ANSWER:

You can sue anyone, but winning this suit might be difficult. Under the law, an employer is not liable for a negative recommendation unless you can prove that he knew the information was false or acted with reckless disregard of the truth. In other words, you probably have no claim if the recommendation was based on fact, or the employer acted in good faith.

QUESTION:

Can a hospital sue me if I am paying all I can afford?

ANSWER:

For some reason, many people believe that hospital bills are different from other debts. they are not. A hospital has the same rights as any other creditor. If you are not paying the full amount you owe, it has the right to sue.

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