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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Contracts and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: If i was sold a used car by individual and car had major issues and title was forged by owner boyfriend

Son purchased used car for $1850 which he found on local Craigslist the car was supposedly good running no damage as listed we bought and next day car had issues we noticed and also professional mechanics. We made aware to guy who sold it he then told us nothing he would do to make right keep in... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jul 28, 2017

Your son can probably sue in small claims court to get his money back.

If I were the judge I would want to know what evidence you have that the signature on the title was forged. If your son knew it at the time, the "forged title" theory wouldn't probably work, but it does...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Am I liable for medical bills since I accidentally hooked someone while fishing on pier?
David Alan Wolf
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David Alan Wolf
answered on Jul 21, 2017

You could be held liable for causing injury to the person. If you were negligent in some manner, a case or cause of action can be brought against you. The conduct at issue does not need to be purposeful for there to be a cause of action.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Health Care Law, Libel & Slander and Estate Planning for Florida on
Q: Bro in FL put in med home by wife with Durable Power of Atty. As CA relatives, how can we get back rights & new DPOA?

Bro in FL; we in CA. He had stroke about 8 yrs ago; she tried to dump him in home last fall claiming physical function gone. Speech impaired, but not truly disabled. She transferred properties to her and her kids leaving nothing for him or his. Not concerned about prop.; but he is a 23 yr Navy... Read more »

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Jul 18, 2017

You need to hire a guardianship lawyer / estate planning attorney in the area where your brother currently resides. If your brother is competent then he can simply execute new durable POA's for financial and health Care to you and revoke the ones to her. Then you will have the authority you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Pictureposted in public by pub/servant like a bolo w/ss# on it. What law/statutes R they breaking?What recourse do i hav

Was in their jumpsuit in photo but not convicted. It stayed up for over a yr. What federal laws/state laws did they break?

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Jul 17, 2017

The facts you state are not sufficient to form an answer.

You need to consult with an attorney in the Miami are and shoe the attorney this paper that was posted.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: extortion?

I have a tenant who has texted many messages threatening to expose information he believes he has that would hurt my reputation and he thinks is criminal if I file eviction against him for nonpayment of rent. Even though what he believes he knows is untrue so there is no criminal problem it would... Read more »

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Jun 29, 2017

You need to consult with an attorney to get specific legal advice on this issue. You need to go over this in detail with the attorney. Preferably one who handles libel and slander type cases.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: What is the difference between libel and slander?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 23, 2017

Slander is spoken. Libel is written. The two terms collectively are referred to as "defamation". Nowadays there is not much practical difference.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: My self and 2 sisters own a home, we just found out old deed, indicates step sister, how can we get her off the deed

We already sent her letter, to sign off, however, im seeking termination on the realator, because not speaking to me and my sisters first, my other sister requested a title search, and the realator disclosed the financial business, to the step sister, knowing the sensitivity of the family drama,... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 31, 2017

You get the step-sister "off of the deed" by having her sign a quit-claim deed. You can terminate the realtor but he may still be entitled to a commission.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Can you sue a family member for defamation or do they have different rules?
Cynthia Ariel Conlin
Cynthia Ariel Conlin
answered on May 5, 2017

You can file a lawsuit against anyone. The rules are the same. However, the outcome, the stress, and experience can be very different when the defendant is a family member. Often, lawsuits should be considered as a last result.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: HII was working in NY and asked two of my former coworkers for a letter of

recommendation, they did it before I leave that Job I asked them to write me two more references and they said go and edit the old one if we get a call we would confirm it,I moved to FL in 2016 and used the recommendation in April 2017 ,when they received the call or email they stated I falsified... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 1, 2017

You can sue anyone for anything. Will your suit be successful? I strongly doubt it.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: What is the difference between libel and slander?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 15, 2017

Libel is in writing (or otherwise "published"). Slander is spoken. Collectively, both are called "defamation", because there probably remains little or no practical distinction between the two, in many cases.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: After filing chapter 13 a repo man came to my door and demanded my vehicle. I saint I needed to talk to my atty. I tried

After filing chapter 13 a repo man came to my door and demanded my vehicle. He stated that he had an order from the sheriffs dept (but provided no documentaion) he said if I didn't give it to him they would come out and take it. I told him that I need to speak with my attorney and that there... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Mar 24, 2017

It depends upon whether this debt was listed in your bankruptcy filing. If so, yes, the bank can be sanctioned for which appears to be the so-called "automatic stay" provision of the Bankruptcy Code.

You should have notified the repo man that you have filed for bankruptcy and,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: I have had two forms of gas entering my home as a result of HOA action/neglect. What are my rights?

The first unresolved form of gas exposure is from chronic exposure to H2S gas emitted by an old underground irrigation system that have been making us ill for 3+yrs. The odor is so strong none of the bedrooms are usable on irrigation nights. The second form of gas exposure was caused when the HOA... Read more »

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Mar 20, 2017

I strongly suggest that you locate a personal injury firm in your local area asap and set up an appointment to meet with them and explain in detail the events you have suffered. Your have a limited time to seek legal advice regarding injuries such as you describe so time is of the essence here.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Libel & Slander, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Any suggestions in a scenario where "medical professional" presented predetermined false testimony as expert witness?

Psychological evaluation at the request of defense, patient retains privilege to my comprehension? Information remains confidential, requiring written consent to reveal? Misdiagnosis provided, recommendation made is preposterously unethical and malicious.

Intent to generate prejudice, effective.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Mar 11, 2017

If you are examined for court purposes, disclosure in the court is the premise of the exam. The expert's opinions are subject to cross examination and rebuttal by your experts. Discuss this with your attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Can I sue the gas station employee and the corporation?

A gas station attendant called me names and got upset because I could not understand him. Police were called he lied and said my boyfriend punched him in his face. Videos shows it never happened he was never touched. Police told us and the manager that we were allowed to go back to the store. This... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 27, 2017

It doesn't look like you have any damages, so you therefore don't have a lawsuit. Telling false things about you or your boyfriend is not slander unless it is believed and thus actually harms your reputation.

Technically, snatching the soda out of your son's hand could be a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: My wedding made national news. I want to know if I can legally be compensated for it?

Story was covered on nbc2 news, cosmopolitan, globe magazine, even on radio shows such as the bone on 102.5.

They all used my photoes from the wedding

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 10, 2017

You want to know if you can be compensated for the news media's us of your photos? Perhaps; how did they get your photographs?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Is it true that it's harder for public figures to sue for defamation?
Cynthia Ariel Conlin
Cynthia Ariel Conlin
answered on Dec 2, 2016

Yes it is a little harder because public figures have more factors to prove. The courts tend to distinguish between two types of Plaintiffs in defamation actions: “private individuals” and “public figures.” The difference in the way they are treated depends on the Defendant's knowledge... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I need to know if a declatory judgement is the proper procedural device to remove derogatory info off the internet in FL

The party posting the derogatory info is not in opposition

Cynthia Ariel Conlin
Cynthia Ariel Conlin
answered on Aug 26, 2016

As always, it depends. I am guessing that you are looking to remove a listing from Google search? If so, in that case, yes, you generally will need a declaratory judgment in a lawsuit in a case against the person who posted the derogatory information.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Public Benefits and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Can a person be charged for threatening a food stamp recipient they will be turned in for selling their food stamps

Knowing the accusation is false and being done out of vindictiveness.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Aug 4, 2016

Well, depends on the "threat." If the person did sell their food stamps, then there is an element of extortion if certain things happen. However, the person who sold food stamps has some exposure.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Hello, stuck. Can a cop take my dog from car even tho not in distress,window all the way down and water, FL,bay cty

A family coming to visit me in florida bringing their two pups, they parked roll down window all the way. put water in bowls and walked to store to buy dog food. when they returned dogs were gone. people nearby said cop [she] arrived took them both to animal control,left no message. they called ac... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 27, 2016

better pass the hat, pay now, argue later--otherwise fines mount, dogs go to shelter, after 7 days.......

Here's the deal. Dogs were either unsecured or in a position where they could have overheated. Did your folks both go? Did they leave a note? If the cop drove by, dogs died, cops...
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