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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Can you sue a family member for defamation or do they have different rules?
Cynthia Ariel Conlin
Cynthia Ariel Conlin answered on May 5, 2017

You can file a lawsuit against anyone. The rules are the same. However, the outcome, the stress, and experience can be very different when the defendant is a family member. Often, lawsuits should be considered as a last result.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Is it true that it's harder for public figures to sue for defamation?
Cynthia Ariel Conlin
Cynthia Ariel Conlin answered on Dec 2, 2016

Yes it is a little harder because public figures have more factors to prove. The courts tend to distinguish between two types of Plaintiffs in defamation actions: “private individuals” and “public figures.” The difference in the way they are treated depends on the Defendant's knowledge in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: What should I do if I don't get the letter of settlement before my 2nd pretrial?

I made payment arrangements over the phone a week before my pretrial conference. There

I told the lawyer and mediator. The lawyer did not know and he questioned, "and they agreed?" I told them that I was told over the phone I would receive a letter of settlement and to sign and return... Read more »

Cynthia Ariel Conlin
Cynthia Ariel Conlin answered on Oct 2, 2016

I'm guessing that you're talking about a small claims case. First, why not call whoever it was whom you made the payment arrangements to and ask them why you haven't received the settlement letter. Also, as Mr. Thorgaard answered, when you go to the pretrial conference, explain it to the court and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: Can I use newspaper print for my art and then make prints of that completed work to sell?
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Cynthia Ariel Conlin answered on Aug 26, 2016

As always, it depends. If you use a newspaper print that is original, recognizable content, you may be infringing on someone else's copyrighted work. If you're using small text for the background and it is not recognizable or original, then no. The question is whether the content you are using is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I need to know if a declatory judgement is the proper procedural device to remove derogatory info off the internet in FL

The party posting the derogatory info is not in opposition

Cynthia Ariel Conlin
Cynthia Ariel Conlin answered on Aug 26, 2016

As always, it depends. I am guessing that you are looking to remove a listing from Google search? If so, in that case, yes, you generally will need a declaratory judgment in a lawsuit in a case against the person who posted the derogatory information.

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