Bisbee, AZ asked in Libel & Slander for Arizona

Q: My coworkers name was printed in the local paper re: her past due sewer bill, along with many others' is this legal?

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Tevis Steven Reich
Tevis Steven Reich
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: If she hasn't paid the bill, then it is likely legal. Truth is always a defense to any libel or slander claim. There is also a First Amendment "freedom of speech" issue. You may want to speak with a local attorney to see if there are other facts and circumstances that would make the publication unwarranted or trigger a legal cause of action.

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