Maryland Libel & Slander Questions & Answers

Q: Does medical malpractice laws affect veterinarians, too? Or just human doctors?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 30, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
There is a statutory scheme set up to specifically address medical malpractice by physicians (regular M.D.s), that would not apply to vets. These statutory provisions are largely procedural, but also address substantive issues related to the claims. However, the standards for professional malpractice, and the legal definitions and evidentiary standards are largely the same across all professions when it comes to proving malpractice (lawyers, doctors, accountants, architects, and, yes,...

Q: I recently terminated an employee. That employee has filed false BBB claim and libelous posts to FB. Is this criminal

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 29, 2018
Joseph D. Allen's answer
It appears at first blush that the only potentially criminal action here would be the "gunning for [you]" comment- but that is susceptible to various interpretations. The rest is potentially a civil claim for defamation, but those cases are difficult and highly fact-specific. Another thing to consider is whether you could collect from the ex-employee on any judgment you might obtain. You may want to consult an attorney. You might also want to contact the BBB and complain to them about the...

Q: My wife moved her bf into my 4 and 6-year-old children's house. Now she is pregnant. She does not know I know. Leverage?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 19, 2018
Elizabeth Pugliese's answer
Leverage for what? If you are already separated, she has every right to move on. Unless there is something dangerous about him -- that you can prove -- she can do this.

Q: Hi there,I am a wedding photographer. On the day of a wedding I was suppose to shoot my husband and I were mugged.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on May 15, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
Although truth is a defense to a claim of defamation, it is unclear what else your unhappy clients are telling people that might be actionable from a libel/defamation standpoint. There is also a basis to sue for “tortious interference with contractual business relations” if the disgruntled clients are directly contacting and driving off your customers.

The fact remains, on the most important day of their lives, you let them down and cost them the photographic memories of their...

Q: traffic accident, involving a bump to another car, no damage to either car, but driver and son tried to claim injuries.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 23, 2018
Ronald V. Miller Jr.'s answer
You will never find a lawyer to take this claim and your chances of success are extremely low.

Q: Are all statements made under oath considered privileged statements

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on Dec 29, 2017
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
The question is unclear. No "privilege" attaches to a statement simply because it is made under oath. Many statements, including statements made for loan applications, for insurance applications, etc. will be made under oath.

If, however, the question wonders whether someone's in-court testimony can form the basis for a lawsuit, the answer is generally no.

Q: Can I sue a company because it is retaliating against me by providing lies to future prospective employers?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 27, 2017
Jonathan C. Puth's answer
If you complained of discrimination or harassment based on your ethnicity, yes, your employer may be held liable for retaliation if that's what motivated them to do so. The Supreme Court decided that issue in Robinson v. Shell Oil Co., 519 U.S. 337 (1997).

Q: i have quite a bazzar situation. can i sue the attorneys for deformation libel and slander?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on Apr 19, 2016
Ronald V. Miller Jr.'s answer
The real answer is I don't know because I don't know exactly what these lies are. But just generally speaking, this is a very tough claim to bring.

Q: Can a person be sued for telling an owner of a property that he saw a neighbor taking an object from his property?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Maryland on
Answered on Oct 20, 2015
Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You have not given enough solid facts here for an answer in my opinion, other than perhaps a suit could be filed for defamation, but a lot more facts have to be known. Basically the neighbor would have to prove that the statement was false and was made with malice.

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