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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Because someone accused you on act. Can you automatic get a lawsuit.
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 3, 2018

What's "act"? But no, lawsuits aren't "automatic".

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Can you do jail time for slander
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 2, 2018

No, defamation is not a criminal offense.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I been accused of slender on facebook but that account doesn't even exist I can't find it. What do I do.
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 30, 2018

I believe you mean "slander". But the proper term for published defamation, such as in Facebook, would be "libel".

Contact the person who made the accusation and ask for proof of the alleged defamation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I have been done seriously wrong by the city of Edgewater, Florida. How can I find a lawyer who will fight the city?

Every attorney I have talked to has said "Oh, we don't practice that type of law." What type of practice will take a case against the city? I believe the case involves violations of state statutes and federal civil rights under color of law under 42 USC 1983.

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Gordon Charles Webb
answered on Apr 2, 2018

Go online and look for an attorney with experience handling civil rights claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: HI, I am being sued for reporting a car salesman to the main company.

I send a review about a salesman that I had while visiting a dealer. it was a negative experience. his answer to my questions were short. he even told me to go to another dealer to test drive the car and see it from the inside. In addition he said they didn't have that model when in fact I saw... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 1, 2018

You should get an attorney. Truth is a defense; if what you reported was true such a suit would not succeed. And, by the way, you would have to be served with process, normally in person. An email won't work.

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: My brother is posting false degrading things about me on facebook, can I sue him for slander?

I loaned my brother money, and after I caught him stealing from me he refused to pay me back. He's now writing false sexually degrading, and violent things on facebook towards me. All while claiming I'm only angry with him for not particiating in a fight "over $50". Can I sue... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 1, 2018

You may be able to sue for defamation, if you can prove monetary damages, but it is extremely rare to get a court to enjoin the activity (posting on Facebook in your case).

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I was given a puppy as a gift from my roommate. I moved out & took my puppy w/ me. He's now saying that I stole the dog

& is pursuing grand theft charges. What can I do to keep my puppy & not go to jail?

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Mar 25, 2018

First issue is proof that the puppy was a gift. It you have witnesses that it was a gift. Any type of card, text, face book posts saying it was a gift is where that I would start.

I suggest that you should hire a lawyer to represent you.

Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: My wife has passed both her drug test and mental evaluation and is still being held in jail until the next court date.

Wife is being held in jail for a writ of signed affidavit for mental health or instability but has passed ber drug screening and her mental evaluation and has been detained for over 72 hours and cannot be visited nor released until the next court date two weeks from now. Is there anything that we... Read more »

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Mar 22, 2018

There is no way to help here online. You will need to consult with a criminal defense attorney in your area, as getting her released early will require some type of motion to be filed with the court and then likely get an expedited hearing.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: My neighbor is telling multiple people we shot a dog in the neighborhood and it is not true. Can we sue for slander?

We were found not at fault by law enforcement for the dog being shot. Yet the dog owners and our neighbors across the street still continue to tell everyone including the trash guy and other neighbors as far as 3 streets away that we are people who shoot animals.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Mar 7, 2018

If the false statements tend you injure your reputation and you can prove damages, yes you can sue.

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: My boyfriend went through my phone while I was sleeping and stole private photos of mine. He took a picture of them

With his phone and is now threatening to use them against me and show other people. Can the police force him to remove the photos that he took without my consent?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 19, 2018

No. Police will tell you that it's a civil matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury, Social Security and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Good evening,I am looking for a Disability Discrimination attorney.This is not employment related.

Almost died, 2 months in hospital, 4 years to recover.

Hoa president harassed, stole money from me, false police report, etc.

Made my illness come back...had to go back on meds, etc. Dr. Told me to sue. Mother hired hoa attorney. This is her condo. We smoked him out. He is no... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Feb 11, 2018

First, ask Justia to take your name down--you will end up otherwise with many solicitations (and if the HOA has an attorney it would be simple to look up your post).

Getting to your question you mentioned "attorney says....." which sounds like you have an attorney.

As to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Libel & Slander and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Neighbor shot my dog dead in my yard

We know the perpetrator he came on to our property murdered our beloved dog when the police came they didn't do a damn thing. What can we do

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 24, 2018

Sue the neighbor in small claims court for the money value of the dog (which will be probably be much less than what the dog meant to you).

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Libel & Slander and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Do I have a case? Victoria secret fired me claiming I stole from them. Never happened

1. Their policy is to check employees bags after their shift end. I've purchased items at the store, twice I had an item in my bag. I furnished receipt the item was returned. The second time, I couldn't find my receipt. However, there's a way to look up purchased items using the... Read more »

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Jan 23, 2018

Absolutely no way to say based upon the information stated. There is obviously written documents involved. The first step is to hire an attorney to review and evaluate the documents and any other information.

Most likely your desire to sue Victoria’s Sectet will be too costly to pursue....
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: If a palm fron falls on you and you are on private property are the owners responsible?
Sean Cleary
Sean Cleary
answered on Jan 23, 2018

Property owners must make their property reasonably safe for people who are on the property lawfully. This duty would include ensuring that they maintain trees properly. The extent of this duty would depend partly on the type of property involved. To hold the property owner accountable for the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Can my doctor make me take a negative online review down?

I had a very bad, life-altering experience with my psychiatrist. I posted a negative review on google while I was still a patient and the doctor personally called me and told me she "wouldn't be completing disability paperwork for me if I didn't take it down". I did. Later I... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 21, 2018

You should confer with an attorney of your own to determine if the posting is defamatory.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith, Libel & Slander and Consumer Law for Florida on
Q: My ex girlfriend who only co-signed is claiming she can just take my car for free after I put 25k in payments I can not

I have been paying 360 a month for 3 years and 12k down payment she has not put a dime into this car. Can she just come with police and take it or is there anything I can do from preventing this.she does not deserve a free car

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jan 12, 2018

Not unless her name is on the title.

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Florida on
Q: how can i sue a healthcare worker for suggesting without any reasonable base that my son has autism.

She is a total stranger, and so it's normal that a 25 month old would not want to cooperate with her. We had to see the speech therapist for my son so that the school would decide whether to take him in to the school. Right as we started the session she asked him to identify objects and... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Dec 25, 2017

You do not have a case. You agreed that the professional would evaluate your son. She merely reported her opinion.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Libel & Slander and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: How can I sue a rental company for breach of contract, knowingly renting a home with prior damages to the home and mold.

The company has lied and forced me to move out due to damages to the home and now billing me for these damages. The roof to the home and damaged structure caused the damages that they are billing me for and have since painted and shampooed the carpets to cover up the damages. The property is back... Read more »

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Nov 30, 2017

This is not a situation for self help. You need to hire an attorney from your area to thoroughly review this matter and develope a legal strategy.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Is it legal for a person to take your bio information from an official website and use it on their own website?

The official website is with a nonprofit organization and I allowed them to put my bio and link my blog page with their membership list. Could a person from the organization use the same information on their website without my permission?

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Sep 13, 2017

Really not enough facts to say for sure. If you allowed someone to post your bio you gave permission for the same and placed the same in public information.

I suggest that you speak with a business law attorney in your area or start by asking the person to remove your bio information from...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Gaming, Intellectual Property and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Will I be able to use the likeness of presidents and celebrities for an app as characters. I would not use their names.

actually, for the presidents I would use their names. I would use nicknames for the celebrities.

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Aug 8, 2017

You should repost this question under the heading of intellectual property and copyright law. That will likely get you better answers from attorneys that deal with intellectual property rights.

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