Communications Law Questions & Answers by State

Communications Law Questions & Answers

Q: Placed two weeks in new job then ran my driving record and said sorry but you can't work here even though it was arrang

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Business Law and Communications Law for Texas on
Answered on May 12, 2017

Texas is an employment at will State. I don't feel you would have any legal recourse. You would need to consult with a labor and employment law attorney. Workers' comp deals with on the job injuries
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Q: Is it illegal for someone to read your private text messages by snooping on your phone?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Arizona on
Answered on May 12, 2017

No, it's not illegal unless the mother hacked into the phone or used software to disable encyption.
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Q: My face appeared on a news story about a crime I did not commit and wasn't even accused of committing. I assume it was

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for New York on
Answered on Apr 29, 2017

You may be able to sue for libel/ slander, depending on the facts. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and...
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Q: In the most plain language, what's the difference in Roth v. United States and Miller v. California obscenity decisions?

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Communications Law and Constitutional Law for New York on
Answered on Apr 27, 2017

See: http://courses.cs.vt.edu/professionalism/Censorship/3-prong-test.html

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce &...
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Q: I have a man who has threatened to email my boss in hopes of getting me fired on top of saying suggestive content

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for New Mexico on
Answered on Apr 23, 2017

If he is an employee or officer of the company, you may have a civil claim for s x discrimination or sexual harassment. If not, there may be a crime involved, extortion being one of them, so make out a complaint to the applicable police dept.
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Q: Can a citizen blogger writing a blog for free on a newspaper website claim censorship if that newspaper removes a post?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Communications Law, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for New York on
Answered on Apr 8, 2017

It seems like you are confusing your first amendment freedoms with "censorship" and a private enterprise's right to control it's content. In any case more information would be necessary as too would further research.
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Q: I want to publish a book showing the work of tattooists. They provide the picss. Do I need model releases. Many are old.

3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Business Law and Communications Law for New York on
Answered on Apr 3, 2017

Yes, you absolutely need to see the releases.
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Q: If a TV news station posts a photo of me that was marked as private/friends-only on my social media account and implied

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 24, 2017

You may have a privacy suit as well as a defamation suit. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This...
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Q: In the state of Illinois. Is it illegal to record a conversation that you're part of for your protection?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 16, 2017

I believe it's illegal unless all parties consent. If you need that type of protection you send confirming letters; best bet is get the advice of an attorney as to how to protect yourself.
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Q: Why don't laws that prohibit the publication of obscenities run afoul of my right to free speech?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for New York on
Answered on Mar 6, 2017

There are reasonable limits to our freedoms. Imagine the results, otherwise. See: http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/educational-resources/about-educational-outreach/activity-resources/what-does

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Q: What should I do if I'm in an active case and a GAL, Caseworker, and judge has lied in court and town is corrupt?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Colorado on
Answered on Mar 5, 2017

You should have a lawyer who helps to handle these matters. If you do not like your appointed lawyer, considered hiring a private attorney.
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Q: Can a company publish my article in their yearly publication after firing me, without crediting me or permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Employment Law and Communications Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Feb 22, 2017

I'm only going to address the portion of your question relating to copyright law, that is: can your former employer legally publish your article without crediting you? Yes, almost certainly.

This is known as "work for hire." In the case of a work made for hire, copyright law provides that the author of the work is not the person whose individual creative efforts produced the work, but the party that employed or commissioned that person. As the author of the work made for hire, the...
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Q: Party A has a restraining order on party B but party A wants to meet is there any way of party B not getting in troubl

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Communications Law for California on
Answered on Feb 18, 2017

If the restrained party breaks the restraining order, that can be considered a violation of the order and possibly charged as a misdemeanor. Contacting the protected party through a 3d party can be considered a violation of the RO. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law...
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Q: Is it illegal for news corporations like NBC to distribute fake news? Is it illegal for the White House to distribute?

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Communications Law and Gov & Administrative Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Feb 15, 2017

It depends on the facts. See: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/broadcasting-false-information. Also the President cannot commit crimes, obviously. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law:...
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Q: is it illegal for a news company to distribute fake news? Is it illegal for private individuals to distribute fake news?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Mergers & Acquisitions for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 15, 2017

No and no. Individuals may have a right to sue and recover for libel/defamation however if named in and injured reputationally by fake new stories.
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Q: Is there any amount of time that the federal communications commision needs to act of a pending license renewal app?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Gov & Administrative Law for New York on
Answered on Feb 3, 2017

See: https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/broadcast-radio-license-renewal

The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions,...

Q: What are my rights as a renter to install a satellite dish?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for New York on
Answered on Feb 3, 2017

Check with your lease. It may be considered a fixture. If so, your landlord's approval might be required. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal...
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Q: Is text messaging considered social media?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Communications Law for New York on
Answered on Feb 1, 2017

Not generally, but it depends on the application. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties;...

Q: A telecommunications company looking to set up robodialing for a potential gubernatorial candidate in the state of MS.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Election Law for Mississippi on
Answered on Jan 24, 2017

Political prerecorded calls or autodialed calls to cell phones, other mobile services and restricted lines (like hotels and hospitals) are prohibited unless made with the “prior express consent” of the recipient.
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Q: What are the legal bases for putative rights of children to be subrogated by their parents?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Consumer Law and Juvenile Law for New York on
Answered on Jan 19, 2017

Generally, if you own the phone, you can track it and receive notifications relating to your phone, even if you've allowed your minor child to use it. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
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