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2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander and Collections for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for someone to slander and harass you if you owe them money?

Also what if the defendant tries to settle out of court but plaintiff refuses.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 14, 2022

Depends on what you mean by "slander" and "harass", both of which have legal standards and definitions that may differ from what you interpret those words to mean.

There is no obligation to settle out of court. Courts exist for when people disagree.

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Is there libel to place an opinion in a police report like "he is an antisocial person, who hates cops!"

If an officer takes a complaint should the complainants opinions be included in the report?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 29, 2022

There is nothing wrong with it. A police report is not evidence; it is simply a summation of information police received. If the complaintant said that, it's proper for the police to report it. A trial will determine whether that statement is relevant and admissible.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: What could I do about my fiance being slandering with false allegations on social media?

Hello. I am 19 and my fiance is 21, and we're dealing with an issue. My mother and father are posting about me being missing and my fiance being a human trafficker when it's 100% false. My fiance is visually impaired and walks with a walker, and makes motivational content. My mother... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Not much you can do. For one thing, if the slander is directed toward your fiance, then only he has standing to do anything about it; you can't do it for him. And it's questionable whether what your mother is saying is libel or slander. There is very much a difference between an opinion... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it possible to not know if you had a restraining order that was put on you 5 months ago in Michigan?

A woman I reported to the police in May made a tiktok video with me with my pics name and another females pictures accusing us of stalking her and talking to her man. She labeled me stalker no.1 with a restraining order she claims she filed 5 months ago. When I went to the police to complain about... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

If there were a restraining order - more technically called a PPO - the police should have told you when you reported this.

You can go to the circuit court in your county to see if one has been filed.

I suppose you could try to sue this person civilly - and you possibly have some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Assuming there is enough evidence to substantiate my claims. Is my ex-girlfriend accountable in any way for tearing our

child's amniotic membrane 8 weeks early to get on FMLA at work? and then for going out of her way to maliciously infect me with covid, and then for falsely accusing me of PPO and stalking when I asked to see my child too many times? How do I hold someone like this accountable? and how do I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 21, 2022

If it is a crime you are alleging she committed, then you can certainly contact the police and make a report; it's likely they will say this is a family / civil matter and stay out of it.

Is there a current PPO? You need to file an objection and have a hearing about that. Until then,...
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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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2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Advise both persons on whether any tortious claims will be successful

Adam sees ahead of him in the street an individual who, from the rear, looks remarkably like his former girlfriend, Barbara. He sneaks up behind the person, taps the person on the shoulder, and tenderly kisses the person on the cheek. It is not in fact Barbara, but Carla. Carla screams and throws a... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 20, 2021

If this is a law school question, Adam commits a battery when he proceeded to kiss Carla on the cheek after tapping her shoulder with time to ascertain her true identity.

If this is a practical practice question, your question leaves out the most important consideration: what are the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Hello, I am being harassed by a former student that seems to be escalating

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Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Mar 15, 2021

Not enough information, but there may be civil (such as a PPO) or criminal (such as reporting it to the police) *remedies* you could seek.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit against someone for defamation of character and discrimination?I have proof ? Accusing me of crime

A supervisor at my old job is accusing me of committing a crime of vandalism on his vehicle, there is no evidence against me but I have messages of him calling me a criminal saying and also telling people it was me who committed the crime of a vandalism act to his vehicle , he even reported my name... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 5, 2021

You probably could take him to court, but unless you have provable damages, I don't know what good it will do. Defamation and any civil claim is different and carries a different burden of proof than a criminal case.

2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Reception at hospital loudly/publicly discussed my medical care, finances, my injury, payment history, and my looks.

They checked me in and I sat in the waiting room with others. They were commenting on how much I paid on my bill that day, how is the hospital would never see another penny, The fact that I was getting fake teeth (previous boating accident facial trauma) and that it wouldn't help anyway, how... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 3, 2021

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. You could continue to await a response, or you could consider reaching out to a local attorney to discuss, also looking into whether any state laws apply here. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Consumer Law for Michigan on
Q: Is there recourse when I am asked to leave an establishment, when falsely accused of making a female server uncomfortab

I have lived in a small Detroit suburb for 20 years and recently a female server, at a bar I was dining, informed her manager and staff that I made her feel uncomfortable. I was asked to leave by another staff member. So I asked for the night manager whom reaffirmed the servers opinion and asked... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 6, 2020

If you want to prevent this from becoming a bigger and more known issue, the best thing you could do is let it be and not go back to this establishment. It doesn't matter what other business owners say about you; what matters is that a server, her manager(s), and the owner of this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: So I used the likeness of another person to sell a product without their permission. This person found out.

I used his Linkdlen profile without his permission in my sales presentation but I did not profit from using his likeness. He then said I was a fraud and con man to many other people.

He has now threatened to sue me. What is my best course of action?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 28, 2020

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a starting point, without regard to any applicable state-specific laws, you could try to diffuse the person's anger by providing assurances you ceased and will continue to cease to use his person, his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: i am FTM transgender. Is there something i can do about my general manager discriminating against me to co workers?

i am 25, and FTM transgender. I lost my job beginning of March due to the sudden outbreaks of the virus, i was talking with a former co worker about possibly getting my job back, he said he would ask the manager, i was then informed my General Manager is being discriminating & slanderous... Read more »

Jeff Herron
Jeff Herron
answered on Jul 8, 2020

In late June, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (which covers Michigan), holding generally that discrimination (and by extension harassment) against transgender individuals because of their status or gender nonconformity is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Can I seek legal action for slander against Rite Aid. They continue to deny me my scripts and call me an addict

I was prescribed klonapin over a month ago. Picking up the script was a struggle both times (I only filled it once). They treated me like an addict each time. Now my doctor has called in a script for Xanax as the Klonapin does NOTHING FOR ME. Rite aid refuses to fill my Xanax script unless I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 28, 2020

Rite Aid did not slander you. Slander (and libel) is about making a private fact public. They declined to fill a prescription. Contact your doctor, and if necessary, switch your prescriptions to a different pharmacy.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Is it a crime to file 2yrs of false police reports that lead to a wasted swat team response.

these people broke thru her door body slammed her, attacked her daughter,( that has a broken back) grabbed her phone from her hand, proceeded again an attempt to steal from her checking account and credit cards. also other attacks not reported. She is 80 yrs and sharp mind. they are her son... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 7, 2020

If investigation reveals that the crime of making a false police report happened, the prosecutor will charge the responsible person or persons. Prosecutors make charging decisions. If there is concern about police actions, the first step would be to file a complaint with the responding police... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: A woman filed. Statement on me stating I said I am going to get my 40cal.. this was whole going to my truck w my son

I never had any conversation w this person. Actually she was yelling something after my son and I got out of my truck .. I yelled back.. we later went back to wait and talking military weapons and all. She called tho police and told them I said I was getting my 40 cal.. she then parks and changes... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 4, 2020

What is your question? Sounds like police were called, they talked to everyone, and found nothing. Case closed? Just because someone calls the police, and the police don't find cause to make an arrest, does not mean the caller is guilty of filing a false police report or subject to a lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: I feel I was wrongly evicted my trailer sale was denied 6 times no return calls for sale sign removed doors screwed shut

My trailer still sits on lot its been over a year I get no phone calls back I haven't received any letters do they just get my home do I owe for all this time? Is there anything i can do about them denying my potential sales? Slander? Treble damages? I tried to pay my back rent they would not... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 12, 2020

They do not have to accept your sale offer or offer you an explanation as to why. Sounds like they foreclosed on your trailer. If that's the case, and proper procedure was followed, there is nothing you can do at this point. The fact that there was a notice taped to your door, even though... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Can I be evicted in 48hrs without being mailed or personally delivered the eviction notice Can I sue for treble damages

I was slandered, potential buyers were scared away and denied to buy my home. I do not receive any phone calls back from my messages I leave for them. Can I still sell or move my trailer? Not sure what to do?

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Mar 3, 2020

If you own the trailer, you can always move it -- assuming it is still possible to move in one piece.

As for the rest of the question, without details it is impossible to understand what if anything you can do. "Substituted service" rather than personal service is acceptable for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: I just quit a job that has a terribly toxic and petty work environment. I want to write a review to warn others.

I want to be honest about my experiences but dont want to be pursued for defamation. Its a small team and it would be easy to figure out that i wrote the review, especially since the person in charge is the owners mother, the only manager and the one that im writing about. These people are really... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 11, 2020

Good luck in your new career endeavors. An employment attorney could advise you as to the employment-related attributes of your question. As for the Libel & Slander category issues, I do not believe an attorney would be willing to give you a green light as to "understanding your... Read more »

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