Oregon Libel & Slander Questions & Answers

Q: Can n apartment manager share personal information of one tenant with a different tenant without permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Oregon on
Answered on Oct 23, 2018
Gregory L Abbott's answer
While certainly undesirable; highly unprofessional; and a bad management practice; I know of no law that prohibits or penalizes the practice, at least absent actual damages resulting therefrom.

Q: guy we were working for assaulted one of our workers 2x and now refuses to pay us. Says we are trying to extort

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Answered on Mar 6, 2018
Mr. Michael O. Stevens' answer
Hard to follow exactly what happened. If he assaulted you, you can sue for battery. If you were an employee, you can sue for the back wages and a penalty wage. If you were an independent contractor, you can sue for breach of contract.

Q: My brother wrote lies about me some place online. I can't fight what I don't know

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Oregon on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018
Joanne Reisman's answer
This isn't a legal question and we don't have a way to search for anyone on Justia much less someone without a name. But I am going to suggest that you read up on what libel and slander is and ISN'T. Just because someone says something about you that you don't like doesn't mean that it is actionable as libel or slander. Here is an article that explains to law as applied in Oregon cases: http://www.osbar.org/public/legalinfo/1186_LibelSlander.htm Note that statements that are true or just...

Q: Can I sue for damages for defamation of character?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Answered on Jul 20, 2017
Mr. Michael O. Stevens' answer
Yes, you can. However, winning defamation cases is difficult, as opinion and the truth are defenses. Plus, it is hard to prove the damages, as in how much would you be owed. Lastly, collecting any money from a judgment can be difficult, unless the person has money or assets.

Q: Can a retail owner send security video of a person (not employee) to that persons employer even without a crime?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Employment Law for Oregon on
Answered on Jun 9, 2016
Mr. Michael O. Stevens' answer
If they want to they could. Not sure why this is tagged with criminal law and slander, as you indicate no crime was committed and unless they alter the video the video shows what it shows so t here could be no libel/slander.

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