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Q: Can I file libel or slander charges against someone who has continually spread lies in emails to other people about me?
Timothy Coe
Timothy Coe
answered on Apr 29, 2015

With libel, it matters a great deal what was said and how it was received by the reader. There is also a consideration of who you are in the community, and the subject matter of the conversation. These cases are very fact heavy, so you need to speak with a lawyer who can know all of the facts.... Read more »

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Q: Can someone file slander charges if you post on facebook about an exhusband using your credit card illegally

My ex husband's girlfriend is threatening slander charges because I posted on facebook he used my credit card after our divorce was filed and I filed charges. He sent me text messages an admitted to it.

Timothy Coe
Timothy Coe
answered on Apr 29, 2015

Truth is an absolute defense to libel (which is what it would be since it was in print). In fact a related claim that Indiana doesn't recognize, called publication of private fact, would also be unavailable to her because truth is seen as such an absolute defense. If such a case does get filed... Read more »

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Q: Online Libel

An unknown person or persons has published libelous information about me on some website that's supposed to be used for consumer reviews and complaints. They said I'm a hacker, identity thief, stalker, etc. One of them used a name I've never heard of and claimed she had a... Read more »

Timothy Coe
Timothy Coe
answered on Apr 29, 2015

Yes, you can file a case for defamation and name John or Jane Does as defendants, as well as the company, until you find out who they are by serving the company with subpoenas to produce the IP addresses of the posters. It will take a little work, but if these statements are damaging your... Read more »

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Q: Can family sue family for slander in Indiana?

My boyfriend got into it with his aunt. And decided to expos her on his TV show. He showed a conversation he had with her through private messaging. As well as it showed her profile picture. And he also mentioned names in his show. His show airs on a library channel.

Timothy Coe
Timothy Coe
answered on Apr 29, 2015

From what you said it doesn't sound like there is anything untrue about what was said. Indiana might not recognize the tort of publication of private facts, so I don't see a case of it here. If Indiana still recognizes a private facts claim, the elements are: (1) a public disclosure of... Read more »

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Q: Doctor with established expertise in field. Do I have grounds for a libel/slander case?

I am doctor with a reputation of expertise in my field. I received disciplinary action as a result of untrue statements made by another doctor in a position of unofficial authority over me. This person provided a false formal written statement to be placed in my personnel file in support of a... Read more »

Timothy Coe
Timothy Coe
answered on May 14, 2015

Based solely on the facts presented, yes, with a caveat. That caveat being that there may be some privilege within the profession or recognized in the law that may absolve her of such liability. It is best to speak with a local lawyer with whom you can divulge all of the facts. There are 5 basic... Read more »

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Q: Can we sue over someone bad mouthing us?

My husband repaired someones vehicle. He charged them considerably less then he has charged others for the same repair. Approximately 2 months after the return of the vehicle it started acting up again. When my husband found out he tried to make contact with the owner to check the vehicle out. The... Read more »

Timothy Coe
Timothy Coe
answered on May 14, 2015

I would say that the best thing to do is that if you get sued by the car owner to counterclaim for defamation, and any other tings you might be able to think of. Defamation is a complicated area of the law, so I'd recommend talking to a local lawyer to whom you can tell all of the facts within... Read more »

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Q: I have been threatened to be sued based upon a Facebook post about a local companies failure to provide promised servic

I had rented tables and chairs from a company and the day of the party he had his neighbor bring the chairs and a tent. The man had no idea what he was doing and was unable to set up the tent. The owner never called to apologize and I never recieved the tent. He didn't charge us for the chairs... Read more »

Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman
answered on May 16, 2014

Truth is an absolute defense to a lawsuit for libel and/or slander.

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Q: Do I Need a slander attorney?

My husband was recently accused of racial discrimination at work. After an investigation, he was cleared of all wrong doing. Now, the guy who made the claim is trying to sue us through civil court. Do we have a case for slander or defamation? We do have documentation that he is making untrue... Read more »

Terrence Rubino
Terrence Rubino
answered on Aug 31, 2011

most importantly, you need to defend the civil case. in that case your lawyer may chose to assert a counterclaim on your husband's behalf against the accuser. there is strategy involved in doing so or not and your lawyer may think it better not to. he/she is in the best position to guide you... Read more »

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Q: If someone tells another person false acquisitions is that slander?

I Was told about a text that stated I vandalized a persons car when I have proof of where I was can I press charges for slander? Im a server and this could hurt my reputation.

Terrence Rubino
Terrence Rubino
answered on Jun 30, 2011

defamation is the publication of something untrue about someone else that causes damage. slander is doing it verbally and libel is doing it in writing. there are some things, if untrue, for which damages are presumed such as commission of a crime. therefore you might have a civil case for money... Read more »

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Q: I have been slandered by someone on facebook. Should I sue?
Burton A. Padove
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Burton A. Padove
answered on May 23, 2011

To some extent, the answer depends on what the nature of the false statement is and how you have been damaged. Based on the limited information provided, I cannot be any more specific.

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Q: Can charges be filed against an individual who is spreading lies constantly?

I live in Indianapolis, IN and I have a female friend that I have been with intimately very seldom over the past two years. She also dated a guy who is very jealous of her because she does not want to be with him. This nut has been spreading lies about me for many years but I don't let him... Read more »

Burton A. Padove
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Burton A. Padove
answered on Jul 7, 2011

Yes, there is legal recourse. YOu ca nsue him for defamation. You also may be able to obtain a restraining order.

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2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: Can charges be filed against an individual who is spreading lies constantly?

I live in Indianapolis, IN and I have a female friend that I have been with intimately very seldom over the past two years. She also dated a guy who is very jealous of her because she does not want to be with him. This nut has been spreading lies about me for many years but I don't let him... Read more »

Burton A. Padove
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Burton A. Padove
answered on Jul 7, 2011

Yes, there is legal recourse. YOu ca nsue him for defamation. You also may be able to obtain a restraining order.

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