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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: I have been falsely accused of sexual harassment by the superintendent of the coop that I live in.

I served on the board of directors as vice president I was thrown off the board by the false allegation and now my name is being tarnished in the community. I need to speak with someone in regards to my rights and what i can do legally.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 3, 2019

Hire a competent lawyer who has experience in dealing with (very troublesome) cooperative associations.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: If a defamation statute of limitations expired. Are there any other resources outside of temporary restraining order ?

If a defamation statute of limitations expired. Are there any other resources outside of temporary restraining order ?

Someone (an ex partner) wrote deragtory, defamtory information about me online in 2013 after they already did the same thing in 2009. I was told to go to my local court... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 23, 2019

If they leave it up it can be viewed as a continuing libel. Get an attorney to write a cease and desist letter on your behalf and also to ask the services involved to take the materials down.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: Former NY Knicks power forward has been charged with a felony. What impact could that have on his lawsuit?

Samuel C. Breslin answered on Aug 3, 2018

Possibly - this depends a lot on the type of lawsuit, as well as the ultimate disposition of the criminal case. If he’s acquitted, it will have little impact on a civil case. Feel free to reach out directly if you have further questions. Thanks!

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Q: An employee in NY state had been using a personal "trail camera" to record other personnel on company property.

The surveillance equipment was owned and installed by an hourly employee on company property and hidden out of sight with no declaration of it's presence or intention. The camera had been in use for months to secretly record any and all persons, with no consent, making use of a well trafficked... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Apr 20, 2018

Maybe? Are you part of management or do you own the company or the building?

A well trafficked area could be a restroom and that would certainly not be legal. We all have expectations of privacy there.

Analysis. Assuming you do not work for the government, did surveillance cause...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: Legal protection from mentally ill family member that makes false accusations/charges

We have a mentally ill family member who in the past has made false accusations to the authorities against us. She is currently confined to a NY State mental hospital, but she was able to phone in the false accusation in the past and the authorities are obliged to respond which is traumatic and... Read more »

Gary Lane answered on Mar 24, 2018

Hello in Gloversville. You are in a tough spot. You did not mention if this hospital is a government-run hospital or a private hospital. Technically you can sue the patient perhaps for Defamation and Harassment, but what would you gain? Even the authorities may have a hard time stopping this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Civil Litigation for New York on

Q: Is this grounds for dismissal in federal defamation case?

I’m a pro se defendant in a Federal defamation suit. The case was filed by a former employer who I’ve spoken out against on social media. I’m a college student without money for an attorney so I’m representing myself. I failed to answer the complaint in time & a motion for default judgement... Read more »

Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 5, 2018

It is not grounds. Missing a hearing is inexcusable. Either hire a lawyer or do the case, but intentionally defaulting will not be a successful strategy.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: I was terminated from a county job without being given the chance to refute the allegations from my former employer

Can I file any legal action?

Bruce McBrien answered on Jan 11, 2018

If you are a state employee you should review your collective bargaining agreement to determine what steps should have been taken prior to your dismissal. It would be best to contact an employment attorney who understands civil service employment law and have them review the agreement with you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Entertainment / Sports and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: I want to share a life story on YouTube that doesn’t paint people in the best light. Can they sue me?

I want to share a story in a vlog on my YouTube channel about what I’ve been through in the last few months. My brother and his wife are part of the story. I do not identify them in any other way, other than saying my brother and his wife. Can they sue me for talking about them on my channel and... Read more »

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

If you are that worried about it, you should probably consult with a defamation attorney in advance and have them vet your statement.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: Doxxing

Somebody googled my public forum username and found my name and picture from my social media. They made a post about me, including those facts and called me “sociopath”. The community sided with me and the post was deleted quickly.

Can I press charges for doxxing and defamation? Money... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 19, 2017

Money will be the issue when you try suing them. Do understand that that person is very likely passive aggressive and will love all the attention your suing him represents. Suggest you look to get a cease and desist letter first, then possibly refer to the police.

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on

Q: Can i sue my workplace if a false rumor regarding infidelity was started by an administrator against me?

I am a teacher in a private school and before the summer, an administrator of the school spread a rumor that another teacher and I were having an affair on school property. This was completely untrue. We informed the school that we would not be returning if this person was not fired and we were... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Sep 3, 2017

If you quit then constructive discharge would need to be proven. You would need to show that what was done to you was so bad that no reasonable teacher would have stayed. You will not likely recover unemployment benefits with these facts so I don't know how you would prove constructive discharge?... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Internet Law, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: A friend directed me to a web site that was using a photo of my 9 year old daughter. No permission or consent was given

By me or her mother. The site also was asking for donations for the homeless. My daughter is not homeless. What can I do , is this a violation of her rights?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 24, 2017

Certainly sounds like a "false light" case. You should contact a member of the NY State Trial Lawyers Assn who handles libel and similar cases--they give free consultations.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Medical Malpractice, Health Care Law and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: Can a OHS tell my employer I'm currently sick because of stress and anxiety in his report ? Isn't it confidential info?

I'm currently in sick leave long term for depression since two months, I had an interview with Occupational Health Advisor two weeks ago and she told me everything was kept confidential during the interview, that she will make a report to my company regarding the fact I'm fit for work, and I... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Aug 17, 2017

HIPAA makes confidential health information protected unless a person authorizes the release of such information.

Health care professionals, especially ones who are licensed by the New York State Department of Education or the Department of Health know or should know that. Any person who...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: I don't understand the difference between libel and slander. Can you explain it?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 18, 2017

Libel is written defamation, and slander is spoken defamation. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant, Libel & Slander and Municipal Law for New York on

Q: My neighbor has verbally threatened to make false child abuse allegations because I made a complaint abt her dog.

We rent a condo in NYC (since July 2016). The landlord is amazing and we have had no problems whatsoever….until new tenants moved upstairs (both condos are owned by my landlord). Long story short they have a dog that barks uncontrollably when left alone. These tenants work all day so this... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 18, 2017

You can report the noise to the police and the landlord. If they defame you, you can sue for that. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: A local town police officer has continually told my girlfriend I have gps tracking on her can I sue for defamation

He is also pursuing her sexually while try to erode our my relationship with my girlfriend by telling her I track her with gps. He is undermining her trust in me. All while on duty he comes to her work and I personally see it as harassment . She does not because she thinks he is "her friend" but... Read more »

Barry Eran Janay answered on Jul 17, 2017

This definitely would make for an interesting slander case against the officer and potentially the police department since he is arguably abusing his position as a police officer. Email me privately if you want to discuss further.

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: Is stealing my pics of me and posting them with defamating remarks on her personal Instagram a pursuable legal issue?

Local girl cyber attacking my 20 year old daughter and has now begun to include me by stealing my images taken of me and by me and posting them on her Instagram page with nasty remarks and possibly dangerous details such as my home address as well as my daughter's. I NEED this to stop. Daughter... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 14, 2017

You can contact instagram to ask them to take it down. You may be able to sue for defamation and privacy violations, depending on the facts. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: Is it illegal to bother a dog walker when they are at work? Can I sue a man for lying to managment to get me kicked out?

Im a dog walker in Manhattan. Experienced and tax paying LLC. An old nasty man who is a resident of one of the buildings I service once lied to building management to get me kicked out so I cant walk dogs in that building. He claims I pushed him outside nearby. I didn't, he didn't make any... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 12, 2017

See my prior reply. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: Upon counter suing for alleged grand larceny, could you use a name of a person and get them involved?

For example; "you're suing me for stealing money but Bob has been stealing from you for years!"

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 12, 2017

That sounds irrelevant. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for New York on

Q: How do I prove a resident in a building i walk dogs in is actually Harassing me? Would a hidden cam filing him be proof?

A resident in a NYC Manhattan building i walk dogs for doesn't like me. He follows me sometimes and recently interfered in an argument i had with a mail carrier who ran his mail cart over a tiny dog's paw. He thretened to make a false claim to the police just to get me in trouble. He didn't... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Jul 11, 2017

Unfortunately approximately 1 of every 25 or 4 out of 100 people in the U.S. is sociopathic or suffers with what is called a complex personality disorder. This person could be one.

If they are stay away or apply for a protective order if you have a reasonable safety fear or issue. The...
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