Pennsylvania Libel & Slander Questions & Answers

Q: My husband is being told that he must be transferred to a scaled nursing facility

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Libel & Slander and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 4, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Contact the hospitals patient advocate and your family doctor.

Q: cops have continuosly falsely reported to cyf there was a drug lab in my home when therewas not.is that illegal to do???

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 22, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
If true, then yes, you could probably file section 1983 litigation against them in federal court.

Best of luck to you.

Q: Mr xxx. 26 yr old, went into apt. hes now sick carbon monoxide poisoning mold dampness rust electricity faults

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 4, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
He should contact the legal aid /legal services in Pittsburgh; ask for their housing group; if they say they don't handle that ask if any of their attorneys left for private practice. Call that person.

Q: If someone is harassing some one through text message calling them every name in the book could he/she file slander cha

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Slander is a civil action. You're thinking of harassment, which is a criminal charge.

The person receiving the harassing text messages could certainly contact the police department in Florida in the text messager's neighborhood. Will they do anything? No way to know unless you try - but they may contact the texter and tell him or her to knock it off.

Can't the person receiving simply block the texter's number? That's certainly another option.

Best of luck to you.

Q: Defense against being accused of slander if it is the truth

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 4, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Truth is an absolute defense for slander/libel charges. But can he still sue you and drag your through the court system? Surely, but you would have a defense to his civil lawsuit against you.

Best of luck to you.

Q: Can you tell a true story on a podcast, change names and locations and it be legal? Can a teacher do this?

2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Communications Law and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 26, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Depends on the circumstances. It is not illegal but it could make it a case for libel.

Q: I'm trying to get information on how to obtain an attorney on a pro bono basis?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 21, 2017
Mr. Ryan L Hyde's answer
Most criminal defense attorneys do not do work on a pro bono basis. Many have surprisingly reasonable rates. Contact a few and see if you can find someone to work with. Alternatively, have your son sit down with his Public Defender and ask questions. A common complaint that I get from people who were represented by the Public Defender is that they didnt understand why certain decisions were made. The first question I always ask them is did they ask? Almost always the answer is no. An...

Q: Could my dad file a lawsuit on another person that falsely accused my dad of indecent exposure and was arrested?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 15, 2017
William Head's answer
He would have to show both FALSE allegations, and prove his FINANCIAL damages, and that may be very difficult.

He should at least contact an attorney in PA who handles defamation cases. Go to Super Lawyers site, and look up civil attorneys near his location, who handle slander claims.

Q: I was attacked by a store employee I have video of her attacking me am I able to file suit against the worker/store

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jul 6, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Yes you are from what you say. Contact a member of the Pa. Assn for Justice--we give free consultations.

Q: I was assaulted by my exboyfriend at his job and the video was showed everyone employed at the company

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 19, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Surprised he's still there. I suggest you contact an attorney who handles these things as the company may be implicated. Less defamation than invasion of privacy. If it was assault, have you captured the video and taken it to the police? Take 'em all down!

Q: If a image of me that is detrimental to my reputation and encompasses bullying is posted on social media, can I sue?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on May 23, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If you wrote to him on facebook and he put it up, not much you can do. Ask the provider to take it down.

Without knowing what it is, hard to say--but I can tell you suing him will cost you lots of money and time and not get you anywhere.

Q: Is there case law where concussions and permanent brain damage extended personal injury statute of limitations ?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 5, 2017
Clark Mitchell's answer
The answer is two years from the date of the accident unless you are a juvenile. Then it is two years after you become 18. In a medical malpractice case the statute is two years from the time of the occurrence or two years from the time that you learned the occurrence was a result of medical malpractice.

Q: I need help filing civil suit and received my answer from the agency after the settlement conference.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 25, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If you have an attorney and they are working your case and only get paid if they get money for you, they have a substantial investment in seeing they get paid so they will do what has to be done, so I'd recommend staying with them. Understand

that not every case of retaliation can be proven, especially if they can document an alternate reason, no matter how made-up you may think that reason. You may always get a second opinion from an attorney that handles employement issues.

Q: If you are 13, can you sue a 14 year old for bullying? (lying that there was a knife in my locker twice, I hit her, etc)

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 20, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Good you are looking for solutions but suing her is very cumbersome, very expensive, and may get you nowhere (which would please her). Speak with a counselor. There used to be a group in Pottstown called Fellowship Farm that may be able to give you ideas, as they've done a lot of work on bullying issues. For now don't do the payback-the looks etc. That just tells her she's got your attention--part of what a bully wants.

Q: A staff member at the on-profit housing program that I am with, made false accusations against me. Can you please help

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 12, 2016
Dennis Hernandez's answer
I would recommend that you consult an attorney to review the case in more detail.

Q: I need to get sole proprietor to sign a Non-Disparagement clause prior to signing Confidential Disclosure

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 2, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Given the perhaps idiosyncratic and vindictive personality you outline, using a template may not be enough. You may want to have all sign so it doesn't look like you are singling him out. Suggest you contact a commercial law attorney.

Q: My family and I have a woman who will not leave us alone, this has been going on for over 4 years.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jul 29, 2016
R. Patrick Link's answer
If true, it sounds like the person could be arrested on charges of harassment (which could be a summary offense or a misdemeanor), or even stalking (which can be graded as a felony). Call the police.

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