I live in Arizona a retirement community and was on my porch recently having a conversation with a friend. During the conversation, I said some negative comments about the manager and the maintenance man. My neighbor recorded our conversation without my knowledge or permission; he then played it to the manager and the maintenance man and several other residents. Now my friend and I are being ostracized by several residents. My question is do I have a case against my neighbor for illegally recording my private conversation and, if yes, what type of attorney do I contact? Thank you
This is legal in Arizona, which is a "one-party consent" state. That means that as long as one of the parties to a communication (the guy doing the recording) consents, the recording is legal. What that precludes is the government planting a bug and recording the conversation (but they can send in an agent wearing a wire who is a participant).