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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Backed into by "limited term" CDL driver.police refuse to appear. The A/F driver said he was rearended.i obtained cctv

At fault driver stated I hit him from behind.i researched area to find CCTV adjacent from seen shows him reversing into my vehicle

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Nov 27, 2022

contact a local PI/Negligence lawyer to see if the case meets his/her criteria.

were you injured or just damage to the car.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Libel & Slander and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: We rent in a area that has a hoa. Well it seems they don’t like us

We rent in a area that has a hoa. Well it seems they don’t like renters, the management company that handles our hoa has been sending letters to our landlord accusing us of bringing criminal activity to the neighborhood. My boyfriend got tools taken out of his truck, we have it on video, but the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Nov 18, 2022

you should make an appt with a local attorney with HOA experience.

s/he can send a letter demanding a retraction and consider a defamation lawsuit.

if the facts are strong enough you might find a lawyer that will take the case on a contingency............can you tied in your med...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was involved in a NON-INJURY fender bender 6 months ago, while working in California. I live in Oklahoma.

I received a letter from a lawyer, on behalf of the other party involved in the incident, claiming they were injured. They are lying. There wasn’t even a mark on their vehicle! And the policeman determined everyone was ok and cleared to leave the scene. What can I do to shut down these FALSE... Read more »

Adam Stoddard
Adam Stoddard
answered on Nov 10, 2022

You should tender the matter to your insurance company. They can likely appoint an attorney to represent you. Although there is no lawsuit yet, the fact that the other side already has an attorney and they are contacting you, indicates the likelihood the other party will pursuse the matter. If you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Why isn't there a disclaimer before the start of Tucker Calson's show?

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Fox News after lawyers for the network argued that no "reasonable viewer" would take the network's primetime star Tucker Carlson seriously.

Why isn't there a public disclaimer before the start of every show informing it's... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Nov 1, 2022

i wonder the same thing.

it wouldn't hurt for someone with the means to take a crack at it.

it won't be cheap.

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for California on
Q: can I file a case for libel per se?

My son,s stepmother published online, in her published disertation, that she," experienced difficulties with the other biological parent, (me), owing to my mental health issues and alcholism."

I was recognised as the," other biological parent", owing to same surname.... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Oct 4, 2022

Libel is a false written statement of fact that is published to third parties and which causes injuries to the person to whom the article was written about. For a per se case, the damages are implied due to the nature of the lie. There could be a few issues here. First, the statement may be true... Read more »

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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 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 »

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.]

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 Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Hello, last night when I was walking my dog in my apartment complex, two teenage boys SPRINTED past me even though I

was there with my dog. They boxed me in and last night animal control reached out to me because apparently they are claiming my dog bit them even though apparently there is only a minor injury and no penetration of skin. They told me she will probably be quarantined and I want to know what I can do... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Aug 27, 2022

You and your dog are not victims. You are 100% responsible for your dog's behavior, whether it bit someone, or clawed someone, and regardless of whether the boys walked or SPRINTED past you. Boys walk, run, sprint and are boisterous in public and are entitled to act like teenagers without... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: I workout at a 24 hr fitness. Last week someone made a false claim and then spread rumors. Can I sue them?

I workout at a 24hr fitness in California. A manager approached me and wanted to talk to me. In his office, with a front desk employee listening he said a member that was a minor filed a report that I sexually harassed them. Also they accused me of taking photos or videos of them. I have no clue... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Aug 15, 2022

Unfortunately, this Q&A site is not a place where you can ask attorneys to work for you. No one here should respond to your post with an offer to do so.

If what you have described has occurred and you can prove it and if you can prove the statements made about you are false, then you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: What California civil code sections cover 1) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, and 2) Malicious Prosecution?

Also, in civil action for (compensatory & punitive) damages for the torts above (would also include Abuse of Process), what burden of proof does Plaintiff need to show "factual innocence" for Malicious Prosecution?

If there is factual evidence (prima facie) of a... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Aug 15, 2022

I am not sure if there are official statutes covering these two civil wrongs. There is a plethora of case law and relevant jury instructions, though. See California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) 1600 and California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) No. 1501. Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: If I only require lmtd scope rep. and I'm willing to pay full price for the same lmtd scope rep., why will no one help?

To say, "I've been through a lot and have experienced pain, suffering & financial loss", is an egregious understatement. Malicious Prosecution & Abuse of Process lead the handful of torts in my unlimited civil complaint in the aftermath of it all, but I'm falling short... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Aug 13, 2022

Unfortunately, nothing is simple in law. Everything is costly.

I am certain a lawyer would only file in your name and not as an attorney of record.

However, the lawyer opens himself up to legal malpractice when he does that. If the lawyer doesn't get everything you said...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: I am Inspector on GGBridge, & am being steamrolled by Meadow Oaks HOA, w/ false, slanderous, baseless, allegations

will compensate

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jul 18, 2022

unless you have seen a doctor b/c of this .....it doesn't sound like a PI case.

you can contact a civil lawyer, but they may bill you for a consultation and hourly for legal work.

maybe contact your Union or your boss or a labor law attorney.

Q: My Workers Comp Case has been filled with Discrimination, Bias and Slandering of My Good Name. Also Conflict of Interest

I need help with this? Little Afraid of this because of Retaliation. But My Continue Good Health and ADL is at Stake. Should I File This? I am the Innocent Victim.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Jul 14, 2022

I am sorry but your post does not make much sense. It sounds like you are in need of a good workers compensation attorney who can be allowed to learn all of the facts of your situation and protect you through the workers compensation process. That attorney can tell you more but generally you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Can a person be sue someone for defamation of caretor if they send you pictures of your son dead & call u a killer.
John Karas
John Karas
answered on May 11, 2022

It depends. If pictures of your dead son and message that you're a "killer" were only sent to you, that's not defamation unless it was "published" (sent to other persons). Also, be aware that if you display or otherwise disseminate the pictures and message to someone... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: I'm thinking of filing a motion to seal. I was told the UD is closed/sealed. However to protect me from the ugly files

From getting opened at anytime that could possibly demean me. Plus I want the satisfaction of writing that good cause reasons why and expose him for the last time. His retaliating schemes and all my evidence got nowhere. Since the SC hearing, the commish. Glen Mondo ruled it totally incorrect under... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Apr 16, 2022

Not sure what you want to deal but probably to expensive.

You may be thinking of expungement.

However there has to be a plea or conviction.

Sealing is a lot more difficult and I suspect a judge of Gov would be involved.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: What protections do I have against gaslighting and constant harassment?

I'm being constantly harassed, and I was led to believe that I was under a spiritual attack by a family member. Threats have been made against me, I've been taunted 24/7 for almost a year, my mental health is deteriorating, and I'm being kicked out of my room because I'm... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Apr 13, 2022

I'll make a few "if" assumptions here. If your family members are the ones harassing you/kicking you out of your room, and If you are not acting violently towards them, in California you may have claims for defamation (if the statements being made about you are false and are... Read more »

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