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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Identity Theft and Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: How long does a woman have to change her name after the court restored the name she requested? It’s been seven years.

The woman has picked up many charges and is using my last name to do so including a recent deception charge. She’s trying to impersonate my children’s deceased mother as well in hopes of becoming the payee for disability or social security. Plus, she’s squatting in a deceased man’s house... Read more »

John Mario Acosta Jr.
John Mario Acosta Jr. answered on Jul 30, 2019

Based on the information provided in your question as long as the court issued an order she could restore her maiden name upon the dissolution of marriage then it can be done, even though the order if old.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: A gal accuses u takin 15000 calls u thief liar 2 evry1 & texts it to many ppl presses charges found not guilty

1sr gal spreads it around a place u used to work ppl now look at u like u are guilty even after found not guilty and that she lied meanwhile 2nd person takes article on paper post it others commenting stories being stretched beyond belief the 2 person claims on Facebook that accused that had... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 18, 2018

It sounds like someone needs to talk to an attorney about defamation lawsuit. No guarantee it will be successful, but the person won't know until they talk to someone who is familiar with that area of law.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: is it discrimination to refuse to sell a health product to a disabled person

My disabled son buys syringes for his diabetic dog every month from the same CVS, this time the new person refuse to sell to him ( as she told me, because he seemed shady and he was shaking), part of his disability is shaking. I ended up going to get the syringes, and she told me how she didn't... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jun 2, 2018

I am wondering how the cashier would have known the condition is related to your son's disabilityso you can establish discrimination.

Sounds like the manager just wants to get rid of the whole thing and resolve in nominally

Is your son a good witness for a suit and is there any real...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: A newspaper had put false information up about me.

The article stated that a warrant was put out for me after I “failed to report to a court hearing.” In in the state of Indiana and wasn’t sure if this case is worth suing.

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Apr 16, 2018

I'm assuming you're asking if it is worth your time to sue the newspaper for defamation of some sort. In most cases, the answer is no. If you believe that you have been substantially harmed in some way due to this false information, please feel free to consult with a local attorney for legal advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Civil Rights and Consumer Law for Indiana on
Q: Can I sue McDonald's if their employee threaten me at the drive thru ?
Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Aug 5, 2017

You cane sue anyone you want. Whether or not you win is the real question. That said, an employer may be held liable for the actions of their employee.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Child Custody, Small Claims and Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: Facebook and cps false allegations made of drugs and child abuse as well as residency. Proof of being false. What's next

A family members ex called cps making claim I do drugs as well as physically harm my child. She has also posted on social media in open as to me lying about having cancer and lying to the government for assistance for myself and child. I have photos proof as well as copies cps has looked at my... Read more »

Chase T Wilson
Chase T Wilson answered on Jul 20, 2017

You may have a claim, but these types of claims are not only extremely difficult to prove, they also rarely pay out as there is no insurance and most individuals don't have the money to pay a substantial verdict. You also have to show the economic harm that these statements have caused, which is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Indiana on
Q: My boyfriend was hit deliberately by an acquaintance. His sister went back and forth spreading information.

Ultimately his picture and address were posted on fb calling him a child molester. His sister claims she notified us.by mail can we sue them also.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 22, 2017

You could but unless they have a lot of money you will spend a ton and get little. Suggest you contact an attorney for a cease and desist letter to her and facebook. There may be a possibility of a complaint to the police for harassment depending on the law in your state.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Indiana on
Q: son was hit in the face by another boy the mom screamed in front of neighbors that my son was a drugie is this slander

Plus the father threatened to beat up minors at the park. The police stated this was all legal. I'd like to know what to do next

Chase T Wilson
Chase T Wilson answered on May 30, 2017

Your son being hit in the face isn't legal, that's battery. If your son was injured there is a chance you could sue for his injuries, but it'll be an uphill battle unless they have homeowners insurance. As far as the druggie allegations, libel or slander are very difficult to show.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: If an ex employee of a restaurant posts a review on yelp about the unsanitary practices of the other employees which

If an ex employee of a restaurant posts a review on yelp about the unsanitary practices of the other employees which  are true and the post was deleted within two hours, can that be a basis for a defamation suit??

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on May 5, 2017

True statements are not defamatory. Truth is actually a defense to an accusation of defamation.

Assuming you are the restaurant in this case, if its true it is not defamation. Let's say for the sake of argument that this wasn't true. What are your damages in this situation? The post was up...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Real Estate Law for Indiana on
Q: Home bought that was stamped unsafe and unaware of it at time of purchas.

My husband and i recently bought a rent to own home in Muncie Indiana. After signing contracts and begining renovations we were informed by a city inspecter that the home was deemed unsafe for habitation and the we may have legal action because after the inspector reviewed the contracts discovered... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Apr 20, 2017

You need to consult with a real estate attorney in your area ASAP. Depending on the reason for why the home was deemed unsafe for habitation and whether or not the previous owners knew about it, the previous owners could be liable for any damages related to having to find a new place to live as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: Do I have a libel slander case

A woman is publicly posting on Facebook that I'm raising money for autism for my own monetary benefits and I am also a meth addict

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 27, 2015

You have to take what you have to a local attorney to find out whether you even have a case. A question, with just one sentence following it cannot give enough facts for a solid opinion.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
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 the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: Can I be sued for telling others about things that actually happened?

This is more related to my wife. She was in Las Vegas celebrating a friends 30th birthday. A very close male friend of ours that is also married was there for business at the same time and they met up for drinks. He made sexual advances towards her that were rejected. He is now claiming that he... Read more »

Timothy Coe
Timothy Coe answered on May 14, 2015

In Indiana truth is an absolute defense to libel or slander, which I will call defamation. Because of the absolute defense other torts that are recognized in other jurisdictions are not in Indiana. A defamation case requires 4-5 elements; 1. a false statement, 2. about the plaintiff, 3. published... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
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 private... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
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 relationship with me where... 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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: If a previous employer was telling customers that I was a thief, and had no actual proof of said crime, is there a case?
Timothy Coe
Timothy Coe answered on Apr 29, 2015

Did you suffer an economic or reputational loss in your community? If so, then there is a possibility of a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Indiana on
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 but... 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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