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I am being threatened for defamation for sharing an article about an alleged scammer which was published in local news site

There is an alleged scammer in my community. An article about him was published by our local news site. As I have a lot of contacts, I shared the article to all my contacts and it became viral. He is ...
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Why does the U.S. have much higher litigation cost than other countries?

According to the institute for legal reform (https://instituteforlegalreform.com/wp-content/uploads/media/ILR_NERA_Study_International_Liability_Costs-update.pdf), liability/GDP ratio is 1.66% which ...
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Why are Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey abbreviated as Roe and Casey?

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling says: ...Roe and Casey are overruled... Why is Roe v. Wade abbreviated as Roe, while Planned Parenthood v. Casey is abbreviated as Casey? ...
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How do civil courts handle denial of evidence as forged, tampered, or claims that 'I did not sign it' or 'That's not me'?

In a Civil Trial, how do courts handle scenarios when evidences presented are denied (by plaintiff/defendent) as forged, tampered, or claims that 'I did not sign it' or 'That is not me'?
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What resources are available to a pro se litigant?

Suppose I am not a professional lawyer but I have standing and want to bring a case to court pro se. To make this widely applicable and more readily answerable: Suppose I want to file a 42 USC 1983 ...
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Can the jeopardy of being judged be fought against in court?

Can the right to take people to the court be itself subject to judicial challenge? In other words, if someone attempts to sue you, would you ever be able to successfully argue in the court to prevent ...
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Does ability to impeach an expert witness on science or scholarship go too far?

In court, on impeaching expert testimony: Imagine that Einstein is still alive, that he hadn't done anything since he actually died, that he was never famous (so no one in a modern courtroom except ...
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How to mention a possibility of litigation/prosecution without accidentally making a "demand with menaces", in English criminal law?

In English Law, extortion and blackmail are described under section 21 Theft Act 1968, as an "unwarranted demand with menaces", There's criteria and definitions, but they don't seem to matter much ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of representing oneself pro se?

Where do pros se litigants most often fail? Is it because of ignorance of legal protocols? Is it because they use overly aggressive tactics that most lawyers wouldn't use? Is it because they failed to ...
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How to notify a corporation to not destroy any evidence because a legal case may be filed?

What is the procedure to notify a corporation to not destroy any evidence because a civil legal complaint will likely be filed? Criminal complaints may also be pending, but that will be up to the ...
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Restrictions on Liability Waiver Use

The US National Park Service (NPS) has the following language. This is in the context of a commercial operator (like a white water rafting company) getting a commercial permit to take clients down a ...
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Under what circumstances can a low/midlevel employee be personally sued for a corporate act?

Let's say, for instance, that the issue at hand was the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Exxon was sued of course, and I would imagine that its then chairman would have, or at least could have been, sued. The ...
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Can a court order a large asset to be sold if the defendent lost the case on a relatively small amount?

Say a defendent owns land worth $200,000. The defendant lost the case and has to pay $9,000 He does not have any money to pay. Could courts order the land to be sold? My question is general, but just ...
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Could you sue God?

The premise of the movie "The man who sued God" is that a person who lost his boat in a lightning storm. His boat insurer then decided it was an act of God and did not cover it He heard the ...
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What is the likelihood that you would win a case of defamation if you cannot prove who sent it?

For example, if I were to have a scorned friend who is seeking my demise and he/she calls my employer and calls me a rapist or accuses me of sexual harassment, would it be effective to sue? Even if ...
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Can an appellate court overturn part of a decision not appealed against?

Bob litigates against Rob. The case boils down to resolving two questions of law: X (rather critical to Bob) and Y (not so critical). The two questions are separate/isolated, although both are highly ...
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Is it legal in Austria for somebody to send threats of legal action in court if money is not paid and not follow through?

I have received a cease and desist letter from a lawyer in Austria demanding I remove a number of facebook posts that asks critical questions about the (non) functioning of their product. After this ...
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Discovery and Efficiency of Process

Does discovery have to proceed step-wise, or is it possible (or even routine) to combine the discovery process whenever possible? Here's a hypothetical example of what I mean: I am suing an employer ...
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How to search for lawsuits where I know the plaintiff's name and a brief outline of the facts?

The Astronomy SE question Did a watch company really try to sue radio astronomers for using the word "pulsar"? If so, which astronomers? includes the following quote from Jocelyn Bell ...
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Is the formalism "I put you on notice" important, in UK law, or can a less formal wording be equivalent?

Example case: a high value car specialist/expert sold me a car with a serious defect they should have known of and disclosed (such as past accident history) while warranting the condition was good/...
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Can someone be bound to a contract to which they are not a party?

I am reviewing a contract, to which I am a party, drawn up by the other party. There is a section that mandates the actions of an individual who is not a party to this contract; the contract does not ...
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Could a third party be forced to hand over data if it is headquartered outside the US?

In the run-up to Epic v. Apple, Apple as the defendant has requested information via court from several companies that while not involved directly in the lawsuit, could be relevant for making Apple's ...
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When can a person sue for damages?

To my understanding someone can only sue for damages when they can prove that someone (the defendant) caused the damages. Does this mean if someone is in breach of a contract, the other party needs to ...
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Data Chain Of Custody

This is civil in the US. I work for a company that does litigation support - discovery. We have secure servers that we (the company) pay a lot of money for. Based on the case load we may need to ...
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Can we set up our company in a different country in order to protect our IT and assets from litigation?

I'm working with a startup in a country where laws are loose at best. After reviewing the privacy laws that bind us by doing business in this country, there seem to be an endless amount of ways that ...
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Can a paratransit company refuse to reimburse you even if you had a medical situation?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend of mine who is not on this site. They are blind and have a guide dog. We are both in Oregon, and we sometimes take the TriMet Lift paratransit service. Last Sunday, ...
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Apportioning a settlement in one case for damages calculation purposes in a second related case

(Sorry this is a bit long, but the question is straightforward. The broad situation described is real, however, although generalised.) Background Alan buys a substantial and valuable income-...
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Can a party argue they did not know a contract was changed before signing it?

This is a follow up to the question Can I cross out parts of a contract before signing it? If a contract is given to someone and they modify it before signing, and the other party doesn't notice the ...
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How do I tell if a settlement offer is good enough?

Is there a formula to tell if an out-of-court settlement offer should be accepted for a civil claim, instead of taking the claim to a trial? (In economics there is something called an expected value ...
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Under what circumstances do civil cases go before juries in the U.S.?

In a criminal case, per Rule 23, either party may demand a jury trial (and the defendant usually does). A civil case, however, is often decided by a "bench" (judge) trial. Under what circumstances ...
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My friend borrowed money but does not want to pay back. It was a 'buddy promise' with no pay back time stipulated

My (used to be) friend borrowed some money from me but does not want to pay back. It was a 'buddy promise'. I have SMS, Email & Bank Transfer slips as evidence. Since it was done between buddies, ...
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Can I sue a Canadian company in the USA?

I had a consulting company (IT services) in Canada and my major client (also a Canadian corp) did not pay for large amount of software engineering services that I've done for them. They are actively ...
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What it takes to conceal facts of medical malpractice?

I would like to focus on cases which involve a complainant having suffered as a result of medical malpractice or neglect of their need for medical care exercised by their caregivers, such as parents. ...
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How do news outlets avoid defamation lawsuits when they publish articles about alleged criminals?

News outlets are always publishing sensational stories about people who have not yet been convicted but just suspected of a crime..... The person loses his job and at worst, creates a 'Trial by Media' ...
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In California, what is the law that authorizes the moving party of motion for protective order not to comply with the discovery in question?

Some attorneys say so (e.g. https://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/is-the-discovery-process-halted-when-a-motion-for--3637798.html), but when I looked into the statute (CCP 2030.090, 2031.060, 2033.080), ...
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Question about corporations established through legislation in Canada

PART I of BILL C-93 from February 1997 described the establishment of a corporation and some definitions related to it. The concept of a corporation being established in legislation is new to me, so I ...
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Is there something in littigation for when a party isn't honestly trying to resolve the issue

I had taken my ex-landlord to court and am considering taking him again. He is a very dishonest person. Since court is a formal process, I don't know how to say this. For example we reached a ...
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When going to court is it typical to have multiple related claims?

I know in large legal cases you hear about in the news, the plaintiff usually has multiple torts they accuse the defendant of. For example company A is suing company B for negligence, breach of ...
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When parties settle without going to court, what prevents from suing for same thing?

Say party X wants to sue party Y for $500 in damages. If, after some negotiation, party Y agrees to pay party X $400 if they don't go to court and make things quick and easy and party Y agrees. What ...
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What might've spurred the demand of repeating facts in the Plaintiff's Claim, instead of referencing their paragraphs?

Source: Ontario Small Claims Court - A Practical Guide (2011). p. 166 Bottom. §8.34 It is essential for the drawer of the affidavit (who might be the plaintiff himself or his representative) to ...
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Accrued interest in the award of legal fees

If a party to a lawsuit is awarded legal fees, and their legal expenses were incurred over the course of several years of litigation, can the amount include interest on the expenses from the time they ...
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In Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media, how did plaintiff pierce the corporate veil?

In the recent case of Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media, company founder Nick Denton was ordered to pay $10,000,000 personally. How specifically did plaintiff pierce the corporate veil?
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Is injunctive relief/money compensation guaranteed when a non-breaching party sues the breacher for violating any non-disclosure agreement?

If a Non-disclosure agreement is silent on whether injunctive relief or money compensation is agreed as a result of breach of agreement, are injunctive relief and money compensation still applicable ...
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Appraisal Rights in Chapter 11?

Assuming some number of shareholders believe that the bankruptcy process is inadequately compensating them (i.e. by setting the company valuation too low and thus giving creditors too much equity in a ...
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Using interrogatory or depo to ask libel defendant what facts she relied on in making statement

In a libel case, should I ask the publisher of the statement what facts she relied on in deposition or via interrogatory? I'm concerned that since an interrogatory can be supplemented, that her ...
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What happens to a permissive counterclaim after the original claim is dismissed?

Does the counterclaim survive when the original claim is dismissed, or are both dismissed at the same time/as part of the same action? If the counterclaim does not survive dismissal, could the party ...
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Why doesn't the Cab Rank Rule apply to solicitors in England, Wales, Australia?

I know in Australia, England and Wales, Cab Rank Rule applies to barristers. BUT "Solicitors are generally free to decline to represent whoever they like. They don’t have to give reasons or enter ...
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Can the trial court's jurisdiction over new trial motion be extended by itself on the basis the court "tolled statutory time limit" due to COVID-19?

This is a family court DV case in CA, which a trial was held and both parties prevailed in prosecution but failed in defense. After the trial, a party timely filed a new trial motion seeking a new ...
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Are FULL documents required for discovery or will portions suffice?

Simple question. When supplying documents for discovery must one supply the whole document or just pertinent portions? Example - In dispute is a % or a closing date. The key info is available in a 10-...
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Why do some state courts disallow pleading an exact dollar amount for damages in a complaint?

Some states do, some do not, is there a specific policy reason behind this?
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