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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: I sold a car to a minor and he wants a refund. I didnt know he was a minor at the time. His dad contacted me.

I didnt know he was a minor or that it was illegal at the time. His dad didnt know about it either I don't think.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Nov 26, 2022

A contract with a minor is unenforceable. Just because you did not know he was a minor, doesn't let you off the hook. It sounds like you need to him the refund.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: State Agency Rep committed slander and put Red Flag report on person after 40 second phone call.

SBDC office rep was to transfer me to their office manager to go over business plans for services. The Receptionist spoke to me for 40 seconds. After, transferred me. She then continued to file a State police complaint claiming I was a threat to society. Googled my name, saw images of me over... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Nov 23, 2022

You cannot sue a State Agency in Civil Court. You must sue them in the Court of Claims and then only after filing a Tort Claims Notice (usually within 6 months). That is probably a very bad idea for many reasons, including limited recovery and a long wait time to be paid.

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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.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Illinois on
Q: A girl is claiming I sexually assaulted her. She’s now sending me texts saying if I don’t pay her money she’s…

She’s sending texts saying if I don’t pay her thousands of dollars she’s going to the police. She also has a video recording of me talking to her that she illegally recorded while the phone was in her pocket.

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Oct 18, 2021

Do not engage in any communication with that blackmailing person in any form. Immediately discuss your possible exposure to criminal charges confidentially with a licensed criminal law attorney tomorrow.

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: How long will they investigate, watch me

Continue to be watched and followed by two detectives. Was over a teen several months ago that emailed me.

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Sep 17, 2021

The law enforcement never comments or advises anyone about pending criminal investigations, however, the most vital thing for you to do is to immediately discuss your possible criminal exposure with licensed criminal defense attorney as anything you do, state or admit to without counsel will be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: Can a person take a picture of my car to use as evidence in their case?

A petitioner took a picture of my car to use for their evidence because they say that my car resembles a car they have video of but not plate number. The person took the picture without asking me. I explained that just because my car is the same model in their video doesn’t mean it proves it’s... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Sep 15, 2021

No one needs your permission to take a picture of your car if it is visible anywhere. In fact, the photograph may be offered into evidence as corroborating evidentiary exhibit that may show that the make, model, shape, color and the type of the vehicle matches the one on the video.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: Hi, I am currently deeply twisted up in some very deep legal issues and am desperate for help! I have no idea what to do
Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink
answered on Jan 6, 2021

If you are facing legal issues, you need to hire an attorney that handles the type of matter you are dealing with. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better.

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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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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.

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: How do I file a sute
George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda
answered on Aug 18, 2020

Filing a lawsuit for libel or slander in IL is a serious matter. You should consult an experienced attorney. Libel is difficult to prove and is not normally suitable for a self-represented, small claims case.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: can you get sued for defamation of character if you post something and you don't use the persons name at all?
S. Janaan Hashim
S. Janaan Hashim
answered on Aug 30, 2019

The elements of successfully proving a defamation of character tort in Illinois are the following: (1) the defendant made a false statement about the plaintiff; (2) there was an unprivileged publication to a third party; (3) fault by the defendant amounting to at least negligence; and (4) the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: Are shaming sites legal? People privately submit stories of others they know, bad stories, meant to expose them.

I know doxing is illegal, say they post address and phone, but what if they just post the city / state, is that illegal?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 3, 2018

As a general rule, if people intentionally publish false things about others, verbally or in writing, they could be sued for defamation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: I'm facing harassment, libel, slander, and defamation online and in person. I have evidence. What to do next?

This has been ongoing from multiple sources for years but I have just recently decided to stop putting up with it and started gathering evidence. Some of it I think is criminal cyberbullying and I'm also interested in pursuing a civil suit for defamation. I'm emotionally distraught and... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 9, 2018

Your next step depends how much you are willing spend to take legal action. As a suggestion, hire an attorney who sends a letter to the people who bothering you that you plan to take legal action if they do not stop. If they don't stop after they receive the legal letter, you will have to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: My direct boss knowingly sent false information about me to higher ups upon my resignation, is this grounds for libel?

I was part of what I would describe as a hostile work environment and after numerous documented complaints of being mistreated I eventually resigned. As such I sent a respectful letter of my resignation via email to my direct mgr. and hr. In response to this my direct boss sent an email to 5 higher... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 8, 2018

It does sound that you do have a case for libel; however, on the other hand, what are your damages? If these communications prevents you from finding another job, your case becomes stronger. On surface, the cost and time of any litigation may not justify pursing this matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: Can a lawyer disclose if the plaintiff's retainer has been paid to the defendant if they were to call and ask?

I live in Illinois. The plaintiff's retainer is not being paid by the defendant. The defendant was claiming to have talked to my lawyer and he supposedly disclosed that my retainer has not been paid in full. Is that legal?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Feb 26, 2018

It may not be illegal, but it strikes me as ethically improper.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Libel & Slander, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: I was in a vehicle accident a couple months ago during my recovery an employee of mine had my former customers sign a pa

Paper saying I was shutting the doors to my business (which I'm not) and having those customers go through his business that he was starting is there any legal action I can take

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Nov 11, 2017

Yes, you can file an action to have the earnings from those customers go to you. You need to consult a business attorney who handles partnership and other business litigation dealing with who shares in the proceeds of a business.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: what steps to take to amend a police auto accident report?

My witness said nothing happened. Police officer got me with hit and run ,yet report from my statement and other drivers statement agree I was there till other driver left.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on Jul 1, 2017

It can be supplemented. However, this is the responsibility of ur lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Probate for Illinois on
Q: My deceased fathers girlfriend is claiming his property. As his independent administrator how do i retrieve it?

She changed ALL locks after dad died. I have personal property on the premises as well and have also stayed there. The land lord is turning a blind eye and attempting to be uninvolved because the building is now up for sale anyway. I need to gain access and retrieve HIS AND MY things.... Read more »

Robert D. Kreisman
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Robert D. Kreisman
answered on Mar 30, 2017

Because of the resistance being made the only way to legally move this girlfriend out of the way is to open a probate estate and have yourself or a family member appointed administrator of the estate. That way you will have the court's authority to take possession of your dad's property,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: In Illinois can you sue a minor for defamation
Steve McCann
Steve McCann
answered on Mar 21, 2017

It is possible, but your chances of success depend on very specific facts that are not provided here. Further, even if you can prove defamation and actual damages, recovering is a different story. I would recommend organizing all information relevant to this situation, and consult with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Q: can I sue a local paper for false information

Recently I received a citation for dumping out some Bloody Mary mix down the drain after I quit my job. It was my personal recipe and didn't want it duplicated. I was given a citation for theft and have to go to village hall. Few days later I was told by few customers at my new job that they... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann
answered on Mar 8, 2017

Yes, you can sue nearly anyone for nearly anything. The real question to ask is whether or not you will recover. In this instance, I understand it is embarrassing to be told you were in jail, when in fact you were not. However, unless the alleged slanderous statement was directed to the way in... Read more »

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