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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Slander and Defamation

I'm having an issue of where a place that I used to live at, and apartment complex including the management have been spreading lies about me being bipolar, crazy and dangerous. I am bipolar and the lies have spread out the my current place that I have recently moved to and to my neighbors... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Aug 24, 2021

It's unclear why you are worried about eviction, or exactly what's happening. You get evicted for not complying with the lease, not because people are spreading lies about you.

If the lies are believed and you can prove damages, you might have a case, but filing a suit is not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: My friends were on a motorcycle and the driver had a half oz of meth in his backpack. Passenger didn’t know about

Passenger has never had a ticket on her record and worked for the APS of Texas recently

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 10, 2021

OK, but what is the question? Reading between the lines it seems like the passenger was charged with Possession of a Controlled substance and you want to know if not knowing is a defense? It can be, but it would be unwise for your friend to talk to an investigator without an attorney and an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Hello I'm in need of a lawyer to help me fight for DEFAMATION , LIBEL, SLANDER. I have 3 cases with proof , evidence,

Because of this false information I was slandered with public my health is not good. My blood pressure hit the roof. My depression isolates me. I have a eating disorder (obesity) My reputation is ruined and my kids are getting questioned in public. My stress is making my hair fall out. My nerves... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 14, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. I'm sorry for your difficult and painful situation. You could consult with defamation attorneys to discuss whether you have any recourse. Keep in mind that these types of cases are not usually handled like car... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Is the electrician doing the electrical work or contractor/employer the responsible party if it causes injury or damage?

Ex. improperly protected wire causing injury to homeowner. State of Texas. Was told by journeyman that I should refuse to do anything I knew was potentially dangerous or blatantly against code because it was electrician not employer that would be held liable. Thanks

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Mar 15, 2021

Both the person doing the improper work and the person with the right to control their work may be liable.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: What is the best way for a layman to find the right attorney for his or her individual objectives and needs
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Mar 14, 2021

One way is to ask the attorney you know for a referral... even if the person you know is the "wrong" type of attorney. For example, if you know an attorney that handles issues in Family Law, that person might be able to give you a referral to a good attorney who practices in an area like... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: my deceased husband and my log splitter was removed 2 days folowing his death by an ex wifes son and he damaged property

log splitter was our livlihood and he had no right to take it. he smashed the gate with our box van and ruined a $1000 hydrolic lift, messed the gate to where i could not secure the property, and left me in a financial mess and an emotional wreck. Ive lost alot of income without the wood wee sell... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jan 13, 2021

It sounds like you may have a claim for property taken and damaged. Whether that claim makes sense to pursue depends on how much was lost, and the likelihood of collecting a judgment from the person who caused the damage. I suggest you gather your documentation and consult with a lawyer in your... 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 Consumer Law, Divorce, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: If a married couple are both on a car title is it legal for one of them to use that title for another loan without

Approval or without telling the other person

Kelly Case
Kelly Case answered on Jun 25, 2020

While it is not the best practice for a loan company to grant a loan with only one of the married couple's signature on the documents, there is nothing illegal about it. Unless a divorce was currently pending and the County in which it was filed had instituted Standing Orders preventing the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Libel & Slander, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Is it legal to post on social media for someone to cause bodily harm to another person?

" Do the world a favor and die already..." Your mother is a drunk whore"..... " Pull their nails out, I'll pay good money...." Use for shark bait, then post a casket with the caption- "Coming Soon" constant degradation, and then I'm just going to say... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Feb 23, 2020

You should probably block and "unfriend" any person who posts that type of garbage. Depending on the exact details, it could be nothing or It could be the misdemeanor crime of Harassment if it happens once or it could be the felony crime of Stalking if it happens on multiple occasions.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Can a secretary of a H.O. A record a meeting for record keeping .
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 17, 2020

Secretary are supposed to keep records of HOA meetings. In today's world those records are kept in different formats. Each subsequent meeting the former "minutes" most be approved by the Board of Directors.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Elder Law and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: What type of attorney do we need and do we have a case for defamation of character? Are they obligated to train us?

My dad is in the hospital and has a tentative discharge date for next week where he will he is supposed to be sent home and we will take care of him. The hospital told us they will give us adequate time to train us to take care of him at home, but when I ask them if they will train us they tell me... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 10, 2019

A Texas attorney could advise you best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It sounds like the type of attorney you need is a health care attorney. If you want to pursue the false statement, that would be a defamation attorney. Before bringing attorneys into the mix, why don't you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law, Libel & Slander and Wrongful Death for Texas on
Q: Where and how could I find the copy of a thirty year old out of court settlement resulting from a wrongful death case?

Almost thirty years ago, my husband died in a car accident in which I was badly hurt too. A wrongful death case was brought against the party responsible and eventually settled out of court. Now, the brothers of my deceased husband have filed a criminal case in another country against myself,... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 20, 2019

if it was an estate then the estate would have been set up in the county where it happened. That would have shown if there were heirs.

In most states, and I believe in Texas, the spouse gets everything unless there are children. Brothers get zero. That's if there is no will. Even if...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Do you sue your previous employer (the company) or the individual for providing false info to a prospective employer?

I recently applied at a company and coincidentally knew an individual that worked there, who gave me an initial recommendation. However an individual at my PREVIOUS employer knew the hiring manager there and stated false, incorrect statements about my character, which caused me to not even get an... Read more »

C.Doris Okafor Dike
C.Doris Okafor Dike answered on Aug 9, 2019

It Depends. Was the individual a HR director, CEO,COO, or anybody in the C-suite for the company? Or were they a regular worker for the company?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: I need adviced in how to advance in a matter. I am been defemated around my family by a niece . She's a known drug user.

My 17 year old niece is slandering me around the whole family. She has fabricated a false story that I am involved in an affair with my brother inlaw. This is not true. I currently Iive on my mother's home & so does my niece. Due to the false statements of my niece, I have been called... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 13, 2019

You can't change other people.

Life is too short to put up with that nonsense.

Find a different place to live.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: I was attacked by a woman at work and side stepped and the woman hit her eyes against the door. She claims I punched her

And is putting it all over social media. I have screen shots of her fabricated story. But I wear a body cam and have footage that disproves all of it. Not sure what to do .

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 14, 2019

Contact a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association who handles workers compensation. That may help.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: What happens in court if the opposition accuses you for the wrong charge? As in charge you for S.A. but meant harassmen

Someone is alleging that a colleague has commuted sexual assault. The act in question is a hug which doesn't qualify under Texas penal code. If they press charges of S.A. anyway (as they've threatened) what happens?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 8, 2019

Lawyers are not soothsayers, do not have crystal balls and cannot predict what might happen in someone's immediate future. Ask your lawyer to explain.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: How many years is considered a statue of limitations in the case of defamation?
Kim Jones Penepacker
Kim Jones Penepacker answered on Jun 21, 2018

Texas has a one year statute of limitations for defamation under the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 16.002. However, the one-year period depends on the date the cause of action "accrued," meaning the date the one-year clock started ticking. You should contact an attorney... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Can I do anything about my ex-fiancee spreading lies about me at my former workplace?

The two of us worked together in Georgia. I worked there for five years. She has been there three years now. In August 2017, I moved to Texas for a better job.

In November 2017, someone "allegedly" hacked a few of her accounts. Facebook, Twitter, her email and maybe some more. The... Read more »

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Feb 26, 2018

You describe nothing criminal; your ex believes what she believes, and the police have bolstered her opinions and given her confirmation that you caused the problem. Your mutual friends and co-workers will decide who and what to believe, and if any of them do not want to hear your side of the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: When can I sue after being wrongfully accused of domestic violence

How do I go about suing for being wrongfully accused of domestic violence

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jan 14, 2017

Lawsuits for "malicious prosecution" are not common, but they are possible under Texas law. To win, you must show:

1. a criminal case was started against you.

2. the other person caused the case, for example by knowingly providing false information to police.

3....
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: What do I do about some one filing false charges of assault against me in the state of Texas
Jodi Soyars
Jodi Soyars answered on Sep 18, 2016

Retain an experienced criminal law attorney and have them defend you. Even false allegations should be taken seriously because if you are convicted it can have a devastating affect on your career and possibly even your freedom.

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