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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Oregon on
Q: is sending a defamatory message a legal offence in Oregon?

A text message that is accusatory of a Federal and State crime(s) but is false is sent to a group of individuals. Factually the accusations are false. It was sent with intention to harm. Has this sender committed:

1 - Offence

2 - Crime

3 - Neither

4 - Both

Brad  Holbrook
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answered on Dec 5, 2022

The question asks essentially, "Whether sending a text message that accuses someone (falsely) of a state and/or federal crime is lawful?" Clearly, if you speak a false statement about someone to a third person(s) in manner that is called "publishing", it is actionable as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Elder Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Can I sue my grandson’s mother for harmful lies she tells about me? She is trying to alienate me from my grandson.

My grandsons mother has alienated my son. Now she is beginning the hateful vicious lies about me. I am 66 years old. My grandson and I have a very close bond. He loves his grandma and I love him. His mother doesn’t seem to care about the abuse she is causing to her son

She does not... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Dec 5, 2022

Yes, anyone can sue for anything at any time.

The issue, in my opinion, is whether you can find a lawyer to accept the case on a contingency. That means the lawyer would not get paid unless the case settles/goes to trial with a verdict for you.

I think you will have a difficult time...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Backed into by "limited term" CDL driver.police refuse to appear. The A/F driver said he was rearended.i obtained cctv

At fault driver stated I hit him from behind.i researched area to find CCTV adjacent from seen shows him reversing into my vehicle

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Nov 27, 2022

contact a local PI/Negligence lawyer to see if the case meets his/her criteria.

were you injured or just damage to the car.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: I sold a car to a minor and he wants a refund. I didnt know he was a minor at the time. His dad contacted me.

I didnt know he was a minor or that it was illegal at the time. His dad didnt know about it either I don't think.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Nov 26, 2022

A contract with a minor is unenforceable. Just because you did not know he was a minor, doesn't let you off the hook. It sounds like you need to him the refund.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, International Law and Libel & Slander for Minnesota on
Q: needing help with dealing with a uruguayan resident in minnesota.

I have a uruguayan resident cyberstalking me and others for 2+ years, affecting my mental health + work. They started stalking me in early 2020, and i am afraid to have social media accounts so they won’t affect me/my friends anymore. i am a disabled artist and this person has affected my ability... Read more »

Sarah Gad
Sarah Gad
answered on Nov 26, 2022

Unfortunately, it sounds like you have a cyberstalker, and you're not alone. As many as 8% of Americans report being stalked online at some point in their life. In many cases, it's possible to get rid of the person on your own by locking down your social media and other accounts. But if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Libel & Slander for Kentucky on
Q: Last year October 2021 to be exacti was terminated from my job after 13 yrs. I was fired via speaker phone. There's more

I wasn't offered EAP which is written Corporate Policy. When I went into work that evening, the Maint Supv asked "what are you doing here? He then told me had received an E-mail over the weekend announcing to those with access who are given a Marzetti E-mail account (leads, supervisors,... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 24, 2022

Unfortunately, the facts as you set them out above do not have the requisite elements for an employment discrimination claim or a libel and slander claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: I’m a supervisor at my job in Missouri and one of my workers recorded me without me knowing is this legal
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Nov 23, 2022

Missouri is a "one party" state for recording calls. Other states, like California, outlaw recording calls without the other party's knowledge.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: State Agency Rep committed slander and put Red Flag report on person after 40 second phone call.

SBDC office rep was to transfer me to their office manager to go over business plans for services. The Receptionist spoke to me for 40 seconds. After, transferred me. She then continued to file a State police complaint claiming I was a threat to society. Googled my name, saw images of me over... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Nov 23, 2022

You cannot sue a State Agency in Civil Court. You must sue them in the Court of Claims and then only after filing a Tort Claims Notice (usually within 6 months). That is probably a very bad idea for many reasons, including limited recovery and a long wait time to be paid.

The suggestion...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: Good morning, can I sue a manager at a restaurant or calling me out of my name and texting about me being a drug abuser

I went to Wendy's alone from one of my friends which was $60 and he gave me another $20 so that I could put gas in my truck he's for my truck payment and that I needed to do and I couldn't afford to make a late payment so I went to my friends Wendy's and the manager said that I... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 22, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could reach out to discuss with attorneys who handle defamation cases. However, keep in mind that these types of cases are not generally handled on a contingency basis. That means attorney fees could be due at the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: I would like to sue someone for slander but they get a disability check .Is there a way that is possible

The person is say The most egregious things about myself and my children , i just want it to stop, but I feel like the monetary value is the only thing that’s going to stop this person from seeing things about me, I got money to be donated I don’t need it

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 21, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could reach out to attorneys that handle defamation cases to discuss. But these types of cases are not generally handled on a contingency basis, meaning attorney fees can be due, win or lose. You may want to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Recover paid fees from Law Firm in Tx not communicating , filing motion, adhering to court process .Appoint new attorney

I paid over $14k ($7k attorneys hours $2k paralegal plus $5k internal reviews admin fee ) for a specific performance case filed in Jul 2021. Now the Law Firm want me to file motion of summary & no evidence judgment as Pro Se in realestate deal

I am plaintiff and buyer filed petition... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 19, 2022

If you’ve only paid $14K atty fees in that type of case after 15 months of litigation, your current law firm is doing a bang up job in keeping your litigation costs low.

If they are recommending you file a no evidence motion for summary judgment, the timing seems about right as the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Libel & Slander and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: We rent in a area that has a hoa. Well it seems they don’t like us

We rent in a area that has a hoa. Well it seems they don’t like renters, the management company that handles our hoa has been sending letters to our landlord accusing us of bringing criminal activity to the neighborhood. My boyfriend got tools taken out of his truck, we have it on video, but the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Nov 18, 2022

you should make an appt with a local attorney with HOA experience.

s/he can send a letter demanding a retraction and consider a defamation lawsuit.

if the facts are strong enough you might find a lawyer that will take the case on a contingency............can you tied in your med...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was involved in a NON-INJURY fender bender 6 months ago, while working in California. I live in Oklahoma.

I received a letter from a lawyer, on behalf of the other party involved in the incident, claiming they were injured. They are lying. There wasn’t even a mark on their vehicle! And the policeman determined everyone was ok and cleared to leave the scene. What can I do to shut down these FALSE... Read more »

Adam Stoddard
Adam Stoddard
answered on Nov 10, 2022

You should tender the matter to your insurance company. They can likely appoint an attorney to represent you. Although there is no lawsuit yet, the fact that the other side already has an attorney and they are contacting you, indicates the likelihood the other party will pursuse the matter. If you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: What criteria needs to be met for a defamation of character lawsuit?

Someone has posted false information about me on social media which could potentially be very damaging to my personal and professional life.

Mark R. Osherow
Mark R. Osherow
answered on Nov 7, 2022

You should consider immediately demanding a retraction and that the information be removed.

A common law claim for defamation requires the unprivileged publication (to a third party) of a false and defamatory statement concerning another, with fault amounting to at least negligence on...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: I am about to get charged for making a false statement about the police watching my house due to drugs? what kind of cri

me is this. I went to the national night out on September 20th and the police chief said to the police officer "her,its her".." investigation, tailed" the other police officer said "why?" and he replied "drugs". I took this personally as i have never even... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 6, 2022

It seems unlikely you would be charged for making vague statements at a National Night Out event.

Making a false statement to a police officer that is material to an ongoing criminal investigation is a crime. From your question, it doesn’t sound like anything you said was material to a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I was contracted to a third party industry by my employer. I was off site when I was fired for something someone said.

I was off site at the time of the incident, so I don't know what was said. My employer has also not given a reason for termination. What kind of lawyer would I need to find out what happened?

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Nov 2, 2022

An employment attorney.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Is there a way to get my employer to tell me what I was accused of, by a third party, to be terminated?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 2, 2022

Actually, I wouldn't plan on suing the employer. Employers generally can fire their employees if they want to; they don't need a reason. But if someone else defamed you, you might sue that person if, by taking the deposition of the former employer, you can learn the identity accuser,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Why isn't there a disclaimer before the start of Tucker Calson's show?

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Fox News after lawyers for the network argued that no "reasonable viewer" would take the network's primetime star Tucker Carlson seriously.

Why isn't there a public disclaimer before the start of every show informing it's... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Nov 1, 2022

i wonder the same thing.

it wouldn't hurt for someone with the means to take a crack at it.

it won't be cheap.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: I was sent a cease and desist letter but the evidence presented (screenshots) did not include me. Is this valid?

I was in a private conversation on a chat app (Discord) and someone took screenshots of what was said and handed it over to the person in question. I received a cease and desist letter through email. The information within the letter included screenshots of "defamatory statements", but my... Read more »

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga PRO label
answered on Oct 27, 2022

Posting to a 3rd party on any platform could be considered publishing for purposes of defamation. If you are truly concerned then you should contact an attorney to go over the supposed defamatory statement.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: How to sue someone for injury of tort in Missouri?

Someone is using the court system with false statement s to emotional and mentally hurt me?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Oct 25, 2022

The litigation privilege is an absolute defense to a defamation claim. Depending upon the facts you might be able to sue for abuse of process or malicious prosecution if the case ends in your favor. Hire an attorney for a consultation.

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