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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law and Entertainment / Sports for Minnesota on
Q: Can the news media be sued for causing fear, anxiety and other mental health issues due to the way the news is written?

In speaking with others, I find that watching the news causes me anxiety and extreme fear by the way it is delivered to us consumers. There is no way to know what is being reported is true. It can be argued that the reporting of the events surrounding police shootings are fueled by the media and... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 20, 2020

NO. The news media are subject to certain immunities for the fair reporting of events that occur. You cannot sue them for that. You would have to show that they targeted you, personally, with the news coverage.

I share your pain about the reporting of current events, but you still...
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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Libel & Slander and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: Can a web developer knowingly/unknowingly put redirects to spam sites on a client's website without client consent?

I hired a web developer for my company's website. For the past 2 years he was the only one with access to the editing tools and the domain, until recently where we discovered accessing the site through a mobile device would redirect you to spam sites, sometimes pornographic, and we asked him... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 13, 2020

It isn't clear from your question or the sites you posted this question to, exactly what it is that you want. First, you need a new developer to clean your site and correct these problems, close all backdoors and shut out the old developer. Is this criminal? Probably not, but I am not a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law on
Q: Hello!

I've been using the Google chrome's incognito mode for more than 5 years both at home and uni. Will I be eligible

Adam Savett
Adam Savett answered on Jun 8, 2020

This is a brand new case that was just filed last week.

There is no settlement, no judgement, nothing to claim at this point.

Class action cases take time, often 2-5 years from the time they are filed until they are resolved.

And there is no guarantee that the case will be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Communications Law and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: Neighbor tempering jamming my security system and using electricity to transmit better from my camera system I have proo

Neighbor using electricity to transmit and receive data new technology to my camera system. I have proof on video.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 6, 2020

Consider building a "Faraday Cage" around your electronics to prevent unwanted interference from outside electromagnetic waves. A modern approach is to use EMF shielding paint... it is even available on Amazon.

Warning: Totally blocking external electromagnetic waves in your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If your neighbors blast their music everyday to the point where it vibrates the floor and you have called the cops what

Can you do legal wise to get them to stop

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

Contact the town; you can sue them for nuisance/destroying your quiet enjoyment.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Florida on
Q: My ex wife recorded a private convo between her and I. She took it out of context and sent it to my wife. Can I sue?

My ex wife and I were having a private conversation and she recorded it without my knowledge. She then sent it to me pregnant wife to upset her by making me look bad because it was taken out of context. Do I have a case?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 27, 2020

In Florida it is unlawful to record anyone who has not consented to being recorded. Consider filing a criminal complaint against your ex.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Ohio on
Q: so my gf and i have a no contact, we broke up and she told her dad i’ve been texting her and she never answered but she

but she did answer me and i have screen shot proof

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 26, 2020

That is not a legal question. In fact, it's not a question at all.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Is there a time restriction for my guests ?

My property manager says it is in the lease

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on May 25, 2020

If you are talking about a guest staying with you, yes. A lot of leases do specify the limit to the amount of time a guest can stay. Usually it is a number of days in a given period of time, like "25 days per year" or "3 weeks every 6 months". Your first step needs to be to review your lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Domestic Violence for Florida on
Q: I have a dropped charge DB back in 2014 and Officer was gonna arrest me but I told him to leave cause he wasn't helpful.

My sister was a drug user and my grandmother who has dimensia, bailed her out and presumed to live with us. Keep in mind shes very manipulative. I was in my own room and she was drinking might had done coke to unsure. She started beating on my bedroom door and I opened it to see whats going on. She... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on May 21, 2020

Defend yourself against what? You said the officers left without arresting you, and I assume you mean they also did not give you any notice to appear in court. Also, from your description, it does not sound like the type of police case where they will be in on-going investigation to determine if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Communications Law, Internet Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Is a landlord and/or condo HOA in Florida required to furnish a tenant w/ internet access (via wall jacks/cable ports)?

I've occupied a unit in a condo complex for the past 2 years. The building has known issues with cable wiring. Xfinity provided us with equipment for self installation, however our internet connection continued to fail after many attempts by service techs to repair. They finally told us that... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on May 20, 2020

Nobody is required to furnish internet access, unless the requirement is specifically mentioned in the lease. You have some options, I think: pay to upgrade the condo's cabling; move; or see if you can access the internet via satellite or some other wireless method of connecting to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Communications Law and Trademark for Iowa on
Q: I have an idea for how to reboot a show. How much of the original can I use in my rewrite?

I want to pitch it to the copywrite owner. I want to use character names, places, descriptions etc.

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on May 18, 2020

You are going to need to have permission from the copyright owner to make your derivative work. You may want to work through an attorney who could act as intermediary between you and the copyright owner to pitch your concept. The attorney would be in a good position to figure out with you the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Products Liability and Communications Law on
Q: Is it illegal for the user's part when he bought a product from an unauthorized seller?
Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey answered on May 10, 2020

Generally,no. But, there are exceptions.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Internet Law for Indiana on
Q: Can Community Corrections keep me on Corrections because I still owe a balance

Plead guilty in 2019 was sentenced to 15 actual months with an out date of April 12th 2020. Can Community Corrections keep me on Corrections because I still owe a balance past the date of April 12th

Paul Stanko
Paul Stanko answered on Apr 19, 2020

You can't be kept in custody past the end of your sentence. The court can enter a judgment against you, or perhaps hold you in contempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Real Estate Law, Communications Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: What can I do about the place where I’m staying there’s some discrepancies, my belongings are being missed placed

I just need to know what do I do or what can I do about it

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 11, 2020

Your post includes Personal Injury as a category, but there did not appear to be any injury-related issues in the brief description. In terms of the discrepancies with belongings you describe, it might be helpful for an attorney to know more information - were these discrepancies in connection with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Civil Litigation, Communications Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Does 1 have to be late w/rent directly due to Coronavirus to be exempt from eviction for the next 6 mos in Mult. Co?

The moratorium said those who dont have the virus but are late will not be at risk of eviction but I've just paid my rent 8 hours late and my landlord is still attempting to follow thru on the 72hr notice. It also seems to me this prop mgmt company is predatory. I fell down the steep crooked... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Mar 19, 2020

A landlord does not have to accept rent paid after a 72 hr deadline and normally can proceed to evict if they wish. Currently however no court in Oregon is processing or enforcing residential landlord-tenant cases so the landlord can do little at the moment to enforce rent payments. If they DO... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Communications Law for Oregon on
Q: Can a mechanic charge me 20% of the price of a part I no longer want?

Been dealing with a mechanic about 3 weeks. Ordered a part I needed a week ago told me it would be in within the next week. Asked him about when it would be put in this week. And now hes told me another week out, I decided to go somewhere else and now he wants to charge 20% of the price of... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Mar 11, 2020

It's hard to say but unless he promised you in writing a date by which he would have your car fixed I think you are being unreasonable and you should either pay for the cost of returning the part which he only ordered for you or just let him finish the job and have him guarantee in writing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Elder Law for California on
Q: Had a good friend of over 20 years suddenly passed before we could discuss everything that needed to be done legally.

Was the contact and his emergency contact for him when in hospital. He was hospitalized since September 2019 & found out he had lung cancer as well as other GI problems. Went home on his birthday January 31st. He was getting stronger but I got sick and was unable to see him. Then I got busy... Read more »

Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney answered on Mar 11, 2020


I am sorry but last wishes must be in writing, ether handwritten and signed or typed and witnessed.

Any assets that he left behind belong to his creditors and his family (even if they cannot be found). Eventually some asset search company will find this abandoned money and look...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Is a text message legally binding?

Can an agreement via text be used in court as a legal binding agreement?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 26, 2020

Usually oral agreements would be considered to be legally binding if the terms can be sufficiently proven. The statute of limitations can be different if an agreement is not in writing. While it's possible that a judge might for some reason think a text message doesn't qualify as a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Communications Law for Washington on


Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 20, 2020

It doesn't appear to be a matter that an attorney would be willing to handle on a contingency basis, whether based on invasion of privacy, or similar tort theories. You could consult with a Washington attorney who deals with privacy-based torts to ask their opinion. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Communications Law for Georgia on
Q: ISP suddenly stopped providing a product that we still pay for. Did they breach the contract?

Before I joined my company, they signed a multi-year service agreement with an Internet Service Provider that I think we should no longer use. When looking at the early termination terms, we would owe over $7,000 for the remaining 23 months. So, in an effort to not cancel service but change... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Feb 4, 2020

Possibly. It's difficult to analyze without the details. It may not let you out of the contract entirely but you could likely get some credit of offset.

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