Ortega vs Marion and Aaron – Case

In this Small Claims arbitration matter, the plaintiff Juan Ortega is suing “Marion”, his son Diego’s public school teacher, and “Aaron”, his son’s public school principal, for $300 in damages for the loss of Diego’s coat. Mr. Ortega, who I will here call “Juan”, claims that Marion and Aaron are both responsible for the loss…

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Ortega vs Marion and Aaron – Decision

I told Juan that while I fully understood and felt quite sympathetic for his obvious distress, I had to decide that both Marion, as the home room teacher and Aaron, as Diego’s public school principal, were not legally responsible for the loss of the coat. I noted the fact that the coat closet was not…

Bud’s Bar vs Cardco – Case

In this Small Claims Court arbitration case, a private party at a West Village bar ended with a sour aftertaste when the host’s credit card was not honored. The party was put on by a young man that I here will call “Big Spender”. A Wall Street trader, Big Spender was congratulating himself for his…

Bud’s Bar vs Cardco – Decision

I found that Bud, in addition to obtaining approval from Cardco, had taken several other reasonable precautions to protect himself from a denial of credit based on a claim of “identity theft” by Cardco. I also found that Cardco’s defense in which they asserted that Big Spender had “privacy rights” was without merit under the…