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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Can my county board of Ed suspend me if CPS has filed an abuse and neglect petition against but no criminal charges?

An abuse and neglect petition has been filed against me by Child Protection Services for unfounded allegations for an incident that happened outside of work. I am not being criminally charged. There isn't even a criminal investigation. They suspended me without pay. Im in West Virginia.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 1, 2020

This looks like something that an employment law attorney would probably know better than attorneys who practice in the categories posted. You posted in New York, but mention being in West Virginia. If this involves a West Virginia county/school district/teacher's union and that's where... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: My girlfriend is in divorce proceedings. Her ex has brought me up in court docs. Can I sue for defamation?

I have been brought up negatively in multiple court docs and lawyer to lawyer emails. I have never had interaction with the ex. For example he won't let me babysit their children, but they can live in my house once divorce is settled. Calls people who can watch his kids as responsible adults?... Read more »

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Dec 1, 2020

First, this is not a question for Justia's divorce lawyers. You should redirect it to the libel/slander or injury lawyers.

Second, you have not given enough facts to warrant a responsible answer. You should meet in person with an attorney who does this work, so you can explain...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: Libel question regarding the comments section of a local/regional online forum for neighborhood residents.

I recently commented on a forum post. The situation I commented on was odd and many people questioned it, including me. My comment was a bit disrespectful, another poster gave more information, which led me to apologizing publicly & going on to support the poster. In this process, a woman... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Nov 25, 2020

Based on the information you shared, I don't think you'd have a viable case for defamation for two reasons. First, you haven't articulated any objectively false statement she made about you. Second, you haven't articulated any damages that you suffered. Hurt feeling are not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: i live in a low income apartment building that caters to sec,8 and GRH recently they put up a sign for black lives mater

would this not be racism

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Nov 24, 2020

What is and is not racism is a matter of opinion. This isn't really a legal question.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Family Law and Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on
Q: I think my brother is abusing his POA rights and acting on them before he should. My father is still very competent in

His 90s but my brother has taken control of everything from financial,medical,property, to the point of who can come over to what can stay in the house. I was caregiver for past 6 yrs and evicted about 2mnths ago along with most of my things. We never had a contract!?how can I find out if he is... Read more »

Jane E. Probst
Jane E. Probst answered on Nov 22, 2020

To be able to act as a POA, it must be activated. That means two physicians declared your parent to be incompetent. Ask your brother to show you the activation document signed by the physicians. If he can not produce that document, you may wish to consult with an attorney to file a petition to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is there any way extortion can be justified?

I was involved in a domestic violence/sexual assault incident with someone whom was once close to me. I wrote to him "If you do not pay me back, I will have you arrested". I did not know of extortion, so I didn't know it would be an issue until the detective on my case brought it up.... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Nov 20, 2020

You committed extortion when you threatened to call the police if you were not paid. That does not change whether you have a meritorious and valuable legal claim for the wrongdoing that was being done. It just gives the "victim" of the extortion the right to file a lawsuit against you,... Read more »

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Q: I live in Charleston sc an was pulled over over with catalytic converters in my truck an they took them with my permit

They didn't arrest anyone or nothing an investigation came out an kept me an the passenger there for hours before finally letting us go an taking the property that we had an could prove we took them off junk vehicles that was owned by the passenger of my truck is this ok for them to do

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 16, 2020

A South Carolina attorney could answer your question best, but it remains open for four weeks. As a general matter, catalytic converters attract bad attention due to their theft for the precious metals they contain. Although your transport of the converters was legitimate as metals recycler,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Libel & Slander for Mississippi on
Q: Can I do anything if I was wrongfully accused of stealing in a store? No law was involved, but I was humiliated.

I entered into the store I shop at on a regular basis on October 21 at 2:30pm . I walked into the store and went straight to the aisle to get a Drone I had seen the past week that I was going to purchase. A lady, who appeared to be an employee told me I need to leave the store. She said she had me... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 16, 2020

A Mississippi attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. At this point, you could reach out to attorneys who handle such cases, but keep in mind that such matters would not be likely to be handled on a contingency basis. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Business defamation

I own a cosmetic brand in the usa and there's a popular app that evaluates safety of cosmetic products. It rated my products badly and stated they're not safe to use because they contain certain ingredients. These ingredients are researched to be toxic in certain concentrations, which is... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Nov 8, 2020

Many do-it-yourself options do not work in a scenario like this. This fact statement by itself does not appear to establish whether or not a legal a legal wrong has been committed. Many legal and practical matters need to by considered.

If you are not content to incur any losses resulting...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: My car was stolen early sat morning. The police are not willing to write us a stolen car report?

My car was stolen early Saturday morning, my keys were in the car, I was at a friend's house with two other people my wife was home the whole night, we have full coverage responsible and non responsible full coverage insurance, the car is completely paid off and only worth a couple thousand... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 8, 2020

You can make a "counter report" that you write yourself. The police appear to be questioning your story. Making a false police report and insurance fraud are crimes. Tread carefully.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Legal Malpractice and Libel & Slander for Washington on
Q: It took nearly 20 years to figure it out is it to late to start a tort lawsuit?

Washington State

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 5, 2020

Only a Washington attorney could advise about statutes of limitations, but your question remains open for two weeks. That's a long time in any jurisdiction. Statutes of limitations are governed by state law and can vary by the cause of action - and you posted across several categories. As a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: Is this slander?

I was at work clocking in at our time clock, when one of my coworkers was talking very loudly about a situation that happened that morning that involved me ,but not her, she was speaking to our boss very rudely about me, cursing telling him that I was bitching and shouldn’t have talked to another... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Nov 5, 2020

Defamation cases in Missouri are difficult and expensive.

You haven't identified anything said that was objectively false (as opposed to opinion). Someone saying that you were "bitching and shouldn’t have talked to another person in a certain manner" is a statement of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: if I signed something while under the influence of something &also having a mental disability & didn't understand

i was lied to about everything from the beginning! first medical purposes only then I got a letter in the mail saying that I owed child support weeks and weeks later when the ones helping me with the child told me the reason they were offering me their help was because they could afford it and they... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Oct 29, 2020

The law presumes people understand and read what they signed. Otherwise it would be really hard to enforce contracts. All someone would have to say is "I didn't understand" or "I didn't read."

On the other hand if you have a mental disability that would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Q: Can a group home resident take pictures, inside the home, of another resident without permission and post on line?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 26, 2020

This is really something that an attorney who deals with image rights, image usage, releases, invasion of privacy would know about - the copyright attorneys here probably know the most about this. But your question remains open for a month. Until you are able to speak with an attorney who is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Louisiana on
Q: I own an early childhood daycare center. What type of lawyer should I get for a defamation case against a parent?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 26, 2020

A Louisiana attorney could best advise, but you await a response for a month. You would need a libel/slander lawyer; you're in the right category. You could reach out to attorneys to discuss, but keep in mind that these types of cases are not handled on a contingency basis like car accidents.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: Is harrassment via phone, text, and in person of a person who is legally blind And an above knew amputee, confined to

Aawheelchair a criminal offense? The behavior includes threats of bodily harm, threats of death, telling the person that they are completely worthless and degrading them with vile language and unkind remarks about their disability, and physical appearance, making false allegations to authorities... Read more »

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer answered on Oct 26, 2020

The first step is to contact the local law enforcement authorities as well as the appropriate government agency advising and protecting our elderly and differently abled, such as the Georgia Division of Aging Services. There may be multiple vectors of abuse here, and they need assistance... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can anything be done to a person who has constantly sent me threatening messages through different apps?

I've been sent threatening messages from the same person through different accounts and they have made fake accounts just to be able to send these messages to me. Does it still count towards harassment even though it's fake accounts and names?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Oct 20, 2020

Yes, you may want to consider seeking an Order of Protection against this person. You could also consider calling the non-emergency police line and reporting the harassment. Sometimes a cease and desist letter from an attorney is successful in getting someone to stop messaging. If these options... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: I have been brought up on judicial charges & removed from my executive position in my sorority at UTSA because of a

social media post supporting “all lives matter” & would like to discuss this to find if I have any options to fight this. I have been called a racist, bullied & harassed by members of the sorority. Thank you in advance.

Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren answered on Oct 20, 2020

Thanks for your question and I am sorry for the way you have been treated. You will need to find a lawyer that can help you with a civil rights claim as well as for a violation of your First Amendment rights (freedom of speech).

If your rights were violated by law enforcement it could be a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Q: Can I sue someone in Georgia for writing fake review about my business?
Seth Meyerson
Seth Meyerson answered on Oct 19, 2020

Perhaps. Writing something that is damaging professionally and untrue might be grounds for a libel suit.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Where can you find an attorney personally invested for a demand to ensure justice? practicing all areas of law
William Wolf
William Wolf answered on Oct 19, 2020

I can only speak for myself as a criminal defense lawyer. I guess the best answer is to ask the lawyer you're thinking about hiring why they became a lawyer. I would also ask the lawyer what professional associations they belong to and why.

I find that many of the best criminal...
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