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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law and Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: Should this be small claims, which state to file if so?

I will do my best to keep this brief yet concise. I have primary residential custody of 4 children who were the product of a previous marriage. I remarried and we live in Jackson County MO.The divorce and custody agreement were filed in Leavenworth County KS. There is an open child abuse... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jan 18, 2022

It’s unclear what relief you seek. Small claims court is only for money damages. Okay you seek injunctive relief, such as an order into remove the defamatory statements, you cannot get such relief in small claims court.

Whether you hire an attorney to sue will depend largely on whether...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Libel & Slander and Probate for Maryland on
Q: I inherited a house that I lived in with my mom for 30 years it’s not been transferred to myself and sister yet

She is the executioner of the will but she has been stealing valuables from the house so I added security cameras and she is making false claims she didn’t go through my personal possessions can I have her removed as the executive of the will? She inherited the house in a 50/50 split? Until it... Read more »

Shaneka Johnson
Shaneka Johnson answered on Jan 13, 2022

The personal representative of a estate is give certain authorities in the will. It is common for the PR to have authority to enter into contract and collect rents on property in the estate for the benefit of the estate. If you are not on the deed and are not the PR your rights have not fully... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: What type of lawyer do I need to hire in a matter of being falsely accused by an individual and targeted by the person.

I've had an individual file report accusing me of things I have not done and know nothing about with the local state and fed. This guy is targeting me because he for she rain thinks I've slept with his girlfriend or whatever she is. I don't know if this girl is feeding him a bunch... Read more »

Michael  Mayoral
Michael Mayoral answered on Jan 13, 2022

Generally speaking, a criminal defense attorney would know best how to navigate the criminal justice system and analyze what is happening in order to tell you if any crimes are actually being committed against you.

Q: How close is the initial settlement offer to the final from an insurance company? Like night or day?
Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Jan 11, 2022

It depends... on the facts, the injuries, the adjuster, the insurance company, the status of your case, and even the attorney representing you. No random lawyer can answer a question like this without specific details. Consult with an attorney or several attorneys to get a better idea of the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: What does the Continuing Tort Doctrine apply to and how can it be used successfully?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 6, 2022

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for five weeks. As a GENERAL matter, the continuing tort doctrine arises when wrongful acts continue to inflict damages until they cease. But you must consult with a Texas attorney on this because different jurisdictions could rely... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Civil Litigation and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: What type an attorney do I need? Does my company have any liability? Can I countersue for defamation? Who can help me?

My company is being named in an lawsuit. Person A who's role was a mgr (not employee) of my company transferred from Independent Contractors' personal email/computer a video with sexual content to his personal email; never associated with the business. IC found out called the police and... Read more »

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane answered on Jan 6, 2022

First, you should tender defense of the claim to your insurance company. Hopefully, you have employment practices liability insurance as part of your general liability insurance.

Second, your decision to terminate the IC may be considered retaliation for the complaint. The facts are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark on
Q: I want to write a medical drama. How do I know whether it plagiarizes/infringes on another or is illegal?

Any particular details I musn’t have in common - character relationship dynamics, certain specialties that make a show distinct (as far as I know, psychiatry makes Chicago Med somewhat distinct), following a seasonly promotion, etc?

Also, are there any other things to worry about legally... Read more »

Dane E. Johnson
Dane E. Johnson answered on Jan 6, 2022

You’ll probably want to make the medical scenes in your drama accurate but not so much because of a legal reason. Professional screenwriters often use medical consultants to provide realistic context to their stories for film and television.

Scripts also go through extensive clearance for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: i have 2 tort claims i intend to file n california at the same time and pay a lawyer after case is proven

i have been falsely accused of theft by a big corporation however they claimed to have proof and the video that the P.D did not show prooof of accusations and has prevented me from gainful employment due to its pending status. Now i have to go to trail the only evidence i had was the receipt... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 28, 2021

More info needed.

1st you must find a tort lawyer who agrees to take your case on a contingency... that usually means a lawyer must invest his/her own money.

To go to trial could possibly be $25,000 to $100,000 in costs for the lawyer and involve weeks or months in trial.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Missouri on
Q: Can I sue my ex-employer for falsely accusing of theft with in investigative before I was fired and then threaten me

To pay back money that was not stolen from them and had me come in after I was fired to train someone to use computer I have emails were they say I stoled from them with I didn’t, I have proof. Can I sue for defamation of character I had 10yr with them with never one issue

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Dec 20, 2021

Defamation cases are tough and expensive in Missouri. If your employer merely sent false emails to you and terminated your employment because it believed you committed theft, then you don't have a basis for a defamation suit in Missouri. Defamation requires publication of the false statement... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Trips to tijuana Mex with my gfs best friend, she's preg n tells my gf she's gonna file a police report. What do I do

was consentual several times , but she says she doesn't remember one occasion cause she was high n fell sleep

Vijay Dinakar
Vijay Dinakar answered on Dec 14, 2021

If anyone ever suggests they will file a police report accusing you of a crime, you remember never to speak to the police if questioned. That is what you must remember of above all else. Many cases which could be fought and won are totally ruined because the accused decided to speak with the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I sued an ex for agurvated assualt and slander
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 14, 2021

more info is needed

you can sue anyone for anything but the question you want to ask is if will you win and will it be worth the money you are going to spend?

Lawyers traditionally will not take a case like that on a contingency.

if it is criminal the person you are to sue...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: How to hire a lawyer for hourly advice on personal injury case?

I'm currently a Plaintiff in a Personal Injury suit that's been on the judge's trial calendar for almost 3 years. I initially hired a lawyer, however, since motions halted pending decisions from the Judge (Summary judgement, and Motion for Bifurcation from Defendant), I'm... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene answered on Dec 7, 2021

Getting rid of your contingency lawyer didn't "mitigate" your costs. It, in essence, will dramatically increase your costs if you now hire a lawyer on an hourly basis. I think it's very risky for you to be pro per with some of the things that you claim have gone on in your case.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Do i have a reasonable right to privacy in my own home in my own bedroom
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 6, 2021

Yes; next to a bathroom, I cannot think of a place where more expectation of privacy exists.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: Sexual assault victim that is trying to understand if i am able to express my freedom of speech to make a facebook post

I had a sexual assault case that ended in my abuser taking a gulity plea, and i ended up making a facebook post with my abusers name. Are they able to sue me for defamation or anything because of this?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 30, 2021

Doubtful. Although you should be careful not to stray from the truth. The guilty plea is a matter of public record.

BUT, for your own well-being: what do you gain by posting on Facebook? Justice has been presumptuously served in court. The court of public opinion can be far less forgiving....
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Products Liability for California on
Q: Rebar of vehicle bent but the airbags didn’t deploy. Do I have a possible case since airbags should’ve deployed?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 21, 2021

more info is needed.

airbags don't deploy in every accident..........usually only rear enders and not T Bones.

suing the car manufacturer or the company that made the bags is a VERY expensive proposition. Unless there was a big upside, a lawyer will not invest their money on a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Only when I got into an accident my car’s SRS light turned on. Would I be able to sue car company?

Impact was so bad that I am bruised from my seatbelt, and I do not bruise easily. Shouldn’t the SRS light be on prior the accident? Since the light turned on doesn’t that mean my airbag should’ve deployed? I called company and looked up online and there are no open recalls on my vehicle.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 19, 2021

if you can prove breach of contract or negligence, the amount is probably way to small to sue a large corporation.............and what did they do wrong? How did the accident happen.

they would choose to spend the money to fight it.

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for New York on
Q: Advise Lisa whether she can make a claim against the factory (do not discuss defences).

Lisa and her father moved three years ago to live next to the Tropichem Co Ltd which is a factory that produces toxic chemicals. The factory is in the manufacturing district of the island. Lisa's father has a nervous condition which has worsened because of the constant noise from the factory.... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 25, 2021

If this is an actual situation, you could consider reaching out to an attorney who handles toxic tort matters. If it is a hypothetical problem that you are researching for educational purposes, you need to examine it from the standpoint of nuisance theory, not defamation theory. Nuisance generally... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Do I have grounds to sue for defamation of character?

Last year false allegations were made about me and they were determined unfounded by police. I recently quit a job to take another and discovered that the coworkers who had made the false allegations last year worked there. I called my employer and explained what had happened last year. I was then... Read more »

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane answered on Oct 24, 2021

I am sorry this happened to you. You may have a claim for defamation. Please keep in mind you that the employer may not want to get involved and even deny stating the reason for withdrawing the offer. You should attempt to confirm it in writing in a text or email. In addition, you should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: My mom is slandering my name which is affecting my relationship with my family and is affecting me in custody court

For the past couple years my mother has completely slandered my name and came up with a horrible rumors some being illegal she has destroyed my relationship with my father and other family members I am in the process of a custody battle and she is making it worse for me to the point I might not get... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Oct 23, 2021

No one can give you an intelligent answer based on the scant facts you set forth. You need to make an appointment with a lawyer and tell him or her everything about the situation for advice as to your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Why didn't the officer take my assailer to jail nor give me a restraining order? I requested a restraining order.

I was using fence post pounder to drive a pole into the ground. Straddling the top of a 6ft step-ladder. I saw the 3ft Pry-bar, out of the corner of my eye. blocked her first swing with the pounder, and the second as I was going down the ladder, I ducked the 3rd swing. The Lassen Co. Sheriffs have... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 23, 2021

much more info is needed.

there have to be more facts that influence what was done.

mental issues may be her problem.

make an appointment with the police and DA to determine why they have not arrested her and why no RO.

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