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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Is there libel to place an opinion in a police report like "he is an antisocial person, who hates cops!"

If an officer takes a complaint should the complainants opinions be included in the report?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 29, 2022

There is nothing wrong with it. A police report is not evidence; it is simply a summation of information police received. If the complaintant said that, it's proper for the police to report it. A trial will determine whether that statement is relevant and admissible.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: The county of Santa Cruz is using my birth certificate for a promissory note to pay for everything from A to Z.
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Sep 28, 2022

are you sure it is the county and not an ID Theft?

contact your local police

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: What could I do about my fiance being slandering with false allegations on social media?

Hello. I am 19 and my fiance is 21, and we're dealing with an issue. My mother and father are posting about me being missing and my fiance being a human trafficker when it's 100% false. My fiance is visually impaired and walks with a walker, and makes motivational content. My mother... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Not much you can do. For one thing, if the slander is directed toward your fiance, then only he has standing to do anything about it; you can't do it for him. And it's questionable whether what your mother is saying is libel or slander. There is very much a difference between an opinion... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Hawaii on
Q: Why cant I find a workers comp, attorney in Hawaii? almost 3 years now

I had them up to 35k without one. They denied, delayed, blocked a legit claim. Now Im destroyed.

Tim Rose
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answered on Sep 27, 2022

Check out Justia.com they have many attorneys in Hawaii that service workers' compensation claims. Good luck. https://www.justia.com/lawyers/workers-compensation/hawaii

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for California on
Q: I want to find out if I have a case for slander, and or defamation

I have a sister who has and possibly still is continually send damning messages to my wife trying to get my wife to divorce me, and saying and claiming things about me.

I would like to show some of these messages from my wife's phone, and see if something can be done.

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 23, 2022

Talk with an attorney about your options, including, possibly, seeking a restraining order. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Is there anything I can do about the father of my children, n his girlfriend trying to defame me on social media.

Last year I went to jail for child abuse. It was lies! i never even been to jail before. Long story short I was working one day my ex was watching my kids and I came home from work and my youngest son had little bruises all over his legs and arms I was told that my other children which are the same... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Claims for defamation can be difficult to get off the ground (due to protections related to free expression, etc.); that said, you may have a case. Additionally, if the behavior is abusive or harassing, you may be able to seek a restraining order. Speak with an attorney near you. [I litigate cases.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Wondering if I have a case for false accusations ,defamation of character and retaliation. I was terminated from work.

Was unable to defend my character as my new hired ED had terminated my position prior to a meeting set up that I sat for nothing. Their decision was already made. Executive Director stated she had documented proof of allegations of me bullying , threats made to staff and rumors and gossiping. I ask... Read more »

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson
answered on Sep 23, 2022

It sounds as if you may have been fired in retaliation, but more information is needed. You mention information you learned some information you “shouldn’t have.” Does this relate to illegal activities or activities against company policy that could get management or co-workers in trouble? If... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Wondering if I have a case for false accusations ,defamation of character and retaliation. I was terminated from work.

Was unable to defend my character as my new hired ED had terminated my position prior to a meeting set up that I sat for nothing. Their decision was already made. Executive Director stated she had documented proof of allegations of me bullying , threats made to staff and rumors and gossiping. I ask... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Yes, you may have a case. You would probably be able to obtain copies of those documents, and additional evidence, by engaging in discovery.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: Today the local News made a false post listing my spouse as a violent sexual offender. He has never had a sex charge.

He was sentenced yesterday to 20 yrs for domestic violence, I am the victim. Labeling him as a sex offender carries a huge risk for his safety, as well as my own. Is there any recourse?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 18, 2022

If it is a matter of public concern (as it seems to be) there are constitutional considerations. The statement would have to have been made with actual malice. It must also be provably false and that the news company either (1) knew it was false or (2) had a reckless disregard for its truth or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Libel & Slander and Family Law for California on
Q: Can a social worker ignore an expungement and say that someone never got their record expunged even if they did.

My kids were taken away because a social worker said I wasn’t within my right to decline a drug test because I am a felon with a narcotics offender title, even though I have had an expungement for 12 years. She said I don’t and that I still have it on my record and took my kids away because of it

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 18, 2022

More information is needed. Speak with a local attorney. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: What do I do if transcripts for my case we’re just put in and they do not reflect what actually happened in court?

It’s a dependency and neglect case opened a year ago. There have been no transcripts and finally after court last time I checked again and there are a year with of transcripts but all of the information is wrong, it even skips from 9/22 to 9/21 then back to 9/22. So there not even in order.

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Sep 15, 2022

Court reporters transcribe court proceedings. It is not common that they are wrong. However you can request an audio of the proceedings.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Wrongful Death for Texas on
Q: My so was wrongfully convicted double jeopardy and also denied when he filed for an appeal.
John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Sep 15, 2022

Not sure what your question is. If you can ask exactly what your issue or question is I will be glad to answer for you. Otherwise please call my law office or another experienced criminal attorney for an appointment. Please have the appeal decision ready for any questions.

Good Luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Louisiana on
Q: Can I sue a company for slander/deformation of character, emotional distress and racial profiling?

I went into this store and was not even in the store for 5 minutes a sales associate called security. He told security that I was in there stealing and was banned from the store. Security approached and told me what was going and said I had to leave I told him I did not know what he was talking... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 12, 2022

A Louisiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Although you were treated badly in the store, from a legal standpoint, it does not sound like a case that a law firm would consider handling on a contingency basis. And if there were no tangible damages, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it possible to not know if you had a restraining order that was put on you 5 months ago in Michigan?

A woman I reported to the police in May made a tiktok video with me with my pics name and another females pictures accusing us of stalking her and talking to her man. She labeled me stalker no.1 with a restraining order she claims she filed 5 months ago. When I went to the police to complain about... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

If there were a restraining order - more technically called a PPO - the police should have told you when you reported this.

You can go to the circuit court in your county to see if one has been filed.

I suppose you could try to sue this person civilly - and you possibly have some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for New York on
Q: IIED

Can I sue someone for IIED if the person I was having a conversation with recorded the conversation (a conversation in which I was saying bad things) and this person sent the tape of the conversation to my boss, which then led to me being fired?

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Sep 9, 2022

The actions of person who recorded your statement, although perhaps unethical, does not rise to the level required to bring an action for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Conduct that could support such a lawsuit must be so extreme and outrageous as to go beyond all possible bounds of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Can a husband legally direct me not to talk to his wife? I have in no way threatened her, sworn at her, or humiliated.

I confronted this woman's friend about her issue with my child. She has been talking about my son for quite some time now, and it needed to be addressed. I walked up the driveway of her best friend, when I saw her there. I walked up to her, and told her "I am disappointed in you". I... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Sep 5, 2022

If the lady voluntarily, without duress, desires to communicate with you and does so, no, the husband cannot prevent that communication by any legal means. (Does he think we live in Afghanistan?) However, you'll want to avoid a situation where the wife "flips" on you and claims you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Business Law and Identity Theft for Texas on
Q: I am not sure what type of lawyer would help me with a negligence case that does not involved physical injury.

I am a real estate professional. I just recently discovered that an Appraisal Management Company which also does Broker's Price Opinons, had approved application from someone claiming to be me. The imposter was using my inactive real estate license to illegally perform BPO's. The imposter... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 1, 2022

This particular type of dispute falls into the area of law known as professional liability. If you have a Real Estate Professional Errors & Omissions Insurance Policy, you should report the claim made against you to your insurer, who will most likely provide a defense to you.

Because...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Does absolute privilege mean it is impossible to sue someone for false statements in court?

Someone sued me and and accused me of doing something dishonest that didn't happen. They should have known better because we both had the same records and receipts from a job I did. I'm an independant contractor in a small community. If this gets out I'm afraid it will make it hard... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Sep 1, 2022

Yes, unfortunately the litigation privilege is nearly absolute (rare exceptions relate to crimes, mostly), so something false said in a court document/complaint is privileged and shields the plaintiff from liability. However, if you win the lawsuit and can show the evidence that what plaintiff... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Is there anything I can do about my landlords making slander remarks to potential renters about me.
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Aug 30, 2022

Yes, if your landlord made a statement about you that is false, and made that statement to a third-party, that injured your reputation, then you can file a lawsuit against the landlord for defamation of character. You would need to establish that the statement was heard and the witness that heard... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for North Dakota on
Q: Can I file harassment charges against someone who repeatedly slanders me?

I have been stalked by a woman who has called my employment costing me my latest job. Has made multiple calls to police trying to get me arrested, and she will boost about how she is going to ruin me. Im so tired of this person can I do anything to protect myself?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Aug 30, 2022

Yes, you can ask for a restraining order if you can show that you are facing credible threats.

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