Libel & Slander Questions & Answers

Q: Is this considered being blacklisted/blackballed? What can/should I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Answered on Sep 22, 2017

From the information you provided, I do not consider this to be blackballing or blacklisting. While it may be defamatory, to the extent it harms you economically and emotionally, blacklisting or blackballing someone is when the employer itself suggests to other employers that you are not employable.
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Q: Can I sue my cousine she sent me insulting message on Facebook where she accuse me of thievery without proof?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Libel & Slander on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

You can sue her but you will have to hire someone to pay her and it will cost money. I suggest you resolve this if possible through your and her family because the problem is most likely someone forgetting that facebook is public and trying to be spiteful without getting the public fallout.

You can ask an attorney to send a "cease and desist" letter to her and facebook. You will have to pay for that.
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Q: Is it legal to use my photo without permission? What shall I do? Thank you

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

If they had your permission to take it it generally isn't with restrictions. Did you send a (polite) note to them asking not to use it? Have you been harmed by it's use?
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Q: So if self defense is for everyone, when women hit men can men hit back for self defense or is that wrong?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

We don't answer hypothetical questions but you are entitled to reasonable self defense.

That means if the woman is smaller/weaker you may cover up but punching her is likely to get a citation (though she may and should get one).

Perhaps the best answer is to avoid people likely to assault you.
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Q: Is it legal for a person to take your bio information from an official website and use it on their own website?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
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 their webpage.

Good luck.
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Q: single occupant bathroom is it unlawful to record audio of person inside without consent from other side of closed door

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law and Employment Law for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 12, 2017

My law practice does not cover unauthorized recorded conversations. Sorry.
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Q: What can I do about an ex who continues to spread lies and hate about me?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Libel & Slander for Oklahoma on
Answered on Sep 8, 2017

Sorry I didn’t see this questions earlier, and it was not answered. If you still need help, please ask your question again, and give as many details as possible.

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Good Luck!
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Q: Can I make a combined complaint for intentional infliction of emotional distress And defamation ? Who can prepare this?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury, Family Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Answered on Sep 6, 2017

You may want to sue for defamation. You can seek resources at your local law library. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal...
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Q: Can i sue my workplace if a false rumor regarding infidelity was started by an administrator against me?

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Answered on Sep 3, 2017

If you quit then constructive discharge would need to be proven. You would need to show that what was done to you was so bad that no reasonable teacher would have stayed. You will not likely recover unemployment benefits with these facts so I don't know how you would prove constructive discharge?

1. What are your damages?

2. How will you prove them.

Was what was done to you severe or pervasive.

Just last week I had a federal judge tell me "you know Mr. Urba that...
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Q: Can a person being deposed refuse to answer questions?

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for California on
Answered on Sep 1, 2017

A lot of missing information. Were you subpoenaed? If you are a witness to something that ended up in court, you can be subpoenaed and even compelled to answer reasonable questions related to what you witnessed. Refuse to answer at your own peril, for if one of the parties moves to compel your testimony, you could wind up having to pay their attorney's fees if your refusal to answer is unreasonable.
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Q: someone purchased something from me 5 months ago,never picked it up now suddenly wants her $ back instead of product?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Products Liability and Small Claims on
Answered on Aug 31, 2017

No as you relied on her purchase to purchase the product. As a matter of reality a court might hold you to what you lost--the cost of the product to you and might not give you the retail sale you lost.
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Q: ZILLOW Inc is publishing false, erroneous and misleading info - and they refuse to correct it- what can be done??

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Libel & Slander, Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Answered on Aug 24, 2017

I don't see it--it's an estimate. They can use whatever metrics they want. If you feel your property is worth more then the agent selling it for you can promote it appropriately. They aren't required to change just because you took advantage of the tax system to challenge the valuation and it got a reduced valuation. Put the tax money you saved into boosting it's value.
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Q: A friend directed me to a web site that was using a photo of my 9 year old daughter. No permission or consent was given

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Internet Law, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for New York on
Answered on Aug 24, 2017

Certainly sounds like a "false light" case. You should contact a member of the NY State Trial Lawyers Assn who handles libel and similar cases--they give free consultations.
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Q: I posted a review for a company and it was an honest review but not favorable and now he wants to sue me.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Virginia on
Answered on Aug 22, 2017

That is unfortunate. I sympathize. You can defend yourself in court. The party bringing the lawsuit has to prove liability and also prove damages. You can attack his claims of liability and the damages he claims were suffered. You should probably have a lawyer present you as the case will be detailed and technical in a court room.
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Q: How do I expose who my rapist is through social media/online and get away with it without getting sued for slander/libel

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for California on
Answered on Aug 22, 2017

If he sues you for defamation, you would have to defend yourself by evidencing the truth of your claims. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business &...
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Q: I had to clean up hazardous debris on a puece of rental property. Owner refused to do it. Now owner claims it was a gift

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury, Contracts and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Answered on Aug 20, 2017

If you had an AGREEMENT, you could take the property owner to small claims court, to enforce the agreement. The type of claim, if any, that you had, is called quantum meruit, and has to be taken in a court of equity. For most courts in America, that filing fee would greatly exceed you bill.

I'd try to move, to a place where my landlord was not a cruel, sadistic person.
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Q: I'm in foreclosure; can the mortgage co. send my ex-wife a certified notice or would that be considered slander?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Divorce, Foreclosure and Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 19, 2017

If you have it, bring the notice to the attorney you have retained to assist you in the foreclosure matter.
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Q: What can I do to stop a 78 yr.old woman who I pay rent to from physically charging at me threatening to kill me & etc

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Libel & Slander and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Answered on Aug 18, 2017

Obviously, you need to move. A restraining order would be of no use if you are living with her. You could call the police, but are they going to believe you?
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Q: My ex texted me with the threat of showing a picture of my prescribed medications "to everyone, everywhere". Legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for California on
Answered on Aug 17, 2017

That sounds like a basis for an invasion of privacy lawsuit and injunction. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense,...
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Q: This guy has two friends and he borrowed his truck to one friend, can the other friend call that truck in stolen.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for North Dakota on
Answered on Aug 17, 2017

You do not speak with the police unless your goal is to give them information that would hurt your case. You pay the bail and your boyfriend challenges the charges.
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