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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, International Law and Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: Can I be sued from someone outside the US?

I am located in the USA. Someone living in Spain, is threatening to sue me for "defamation" in regards to something I wrote about them on my personal Twitter account. Can they sue me from their country, and aren't my opinions written on my personal Twitter account protected by the... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2017

Free speech protections do not apply to defamation, and opinions are not defamation. Defamation is a false statement of fact (not opinion) that damages a person's reputation. If I say John the surgeon is the worst, I am not uttering defamation because that's my opinion of John. If say... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Arrangement leading to agreement of leaving my pers. prop. (set period) to obtain later. He refuse to contact, or return

Ohio; Athens Co.

I left my personals and my dog (Chance, of 11 yrs) for an mutual set period of time (7mo) as part of our agreed, arrangement. I also on my part, agreed on my making a monetary exchange for safe keeping, most important was (paper work, legal doc's, colleagues ppr... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 28, 2017

Have you called the police? Have you considered hiring a lawyer to write a demand letter and potentially file a complaint?

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Ohio on
Q: I am on Ohio Mediciad. I am being forced out of the nursing home by the Area on Aging to a group home. Can they do this?

Oct 2015, I fell attached to my power-chair onto the street because the city had not officially closed the sidewalk and I was trying to get to my apartment where I have lived independently for 20 years. I am severely disabled but have worked to be independent. I became unconscious with a head... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 25, 2017

You have two issues. One is a claim against the city or the owner of the property.You need to contact a member of the Ohio Assn for Justice in your area --they give free consultations. You can explain your injuries. You then can ask about this issue but I don't see that they can do much in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: I'm an ex felon, and my mother in law keeps slandering me to my neighbors and my wife's employers. what can I do?

She has gone as far as yelling to my neighbors about my past crimes and has even shouted them out to everyone at my wife's place of buisness. These people already know my past as I am open and honest about it but I fear it will start hurting my social and possibly work life. What can I do?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 6, 2016

If what she is saying is merely the truth about your past, you can't do anything. Truth is an absolute defense to defamation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: Do I have any recourse when my ex (his father) falsely accuses me of molesting my son?

My 20 yr. old son had breakfast with his father and his aunt (father's sister) a few days ago. Being too embarrassed to tell me he sent a text message stating that his father said that when he was younger I used to "put my mouth on his penis and his father would get mad at me." This... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 18, 2016

A defamation lawsuit requires three things: a lie someone is likely to have believed, publication, and damages resulting from the lie. Publication means letting a third-party know. Damages are where you will likely have a problem. If you were fired because of this, you might have a case, but there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: I am being defamed by a store owner in Elyria Ohio, what are my options?

I used to volunteer at this store (Kieths Comics} for more than a year, the last day I was working I had limited work space due to a customer and set books I purchased on a books I was thinking of getting, I got distracted and forgot the books were piled together when I put them in my bag while... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 1, 2016

You don't have many good options here. Is this not something you two can work out?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: Ohio girl is sending messages to girls in Florida-on a dating site-warning them of a male dating member. He has DV

Charges that includes hurting a child. She is only saying if u r in contact with a male who fits this physical/job description, then whenu get his name, check against these court links. So, cour links and description are given. No opinions,nothing that isn't in public records. Is warning these... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 8, 2015

I've answered this question several times already. It is not slander, if it is true and it is not illegal to provide people with truthful information from the public records. The answer isn't going to change.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: Sis in OH sending dating members in FL physical/job description &court links of male member who has DV charges.illegal?

She is not listing his name,only physical description and job details,saying if this sounds like your date,check his name on these links. Can she be charged with slander/harrasement? Everything written is factual per public records,no opinions or degrading of ex

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 7, 2015

The information is public and true so this is not slander or libel. Truth is an absolute defense to both. There is little chance this qualifies as harassment either as the telecommunication is not being made to the male member or his household and is not being made with a purpose to harass or... Read more »

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