Ronald David Coleman’s Answers

Ronald David Coleman

New York Litigation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 10
  1. Can I sue somebody for posting false and defamatory information about me on the internet?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes, this may be a ground for a lawsuit, but you have to ask the important question of whether you are doing more harm than good if you do sue. A post that now has been seen by 20 people, and caused you some embarrassment, could end up being seen by ten or a hundred times that if you file a lawsuit. There are some cases, however, where an Internet defamation filing is appropriate, and you do need to discuss with a genuinely knowledgeable lawyer whether yours is one.

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  2. What type of disclaimer would a internet subscriber based LLC for a sports training/consulting business? For under 18 year olds?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes, you will "need" (i.e., you will be wise to get) a disclaimer, as well as terms of use, and if you are marketing to minors, you may need to be sure your site complied with the relevant regulations in that regard as well.

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  3. Is it wrongful termination to terminate someone from employment based on an Internet usage report, which report was incorrect?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    I am not admitted to practice in Florida, but in most states, employment is "at will," and an employer doesn't usually need any reason at all -- unless its stated reason is merely a "pretext" for an illegal reason (such as unlawful discrimination based on race, sex, etc.) -- to terminate you. You may however want to speak to an employment lawyer in your area, because when a company has a stated policy, such as in this case presumably a computer use policy, it is not free to disregard its terms...

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  4. Today I received a bill from a doctor who did gall bladder surgery on me 4 years ago. Do I have to pay this bill?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    There is a statute of limitations ("SOL") for what are, in this case, contractual claims. But its length depends on your state. I am not admitted in Texas, but my research suggests that the SOL in Texas is in fact four years for contractual claims. Considering the size of such a claim, you may want to consult with an attorney on this. Separate and apart from your strict legal rights, you may also want to think about why you should not pay the bill, although it was rendered very late....

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  5. After much emotional distress I was dismissed from an action in Ed Pa Federal Court. It was a civil action.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    You may be able to sue under a Pennsylvania statute that governs the filing of frivolous pleadings, even if in federal court, though I do not know if Pennsylvania has such a statute as New Jersey does (I am admitted in New Jersey and New York but not in Pennsylvania). You may also, without filing a new action, make a motion for sanctions from the E.D. Pa. court. It is likely that you may have missed your best opportunity to do this under the provisions of Federal Rules of Procedure 11, but as...

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  6. When being falsely accused of copyright infringement from an organization. What are ones legal rights?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    2. Mario Sergio Golab
    2 lawyer answers

    You really have to sit down with an attorney knowledgeable about copyright law who can familiarize himself or herself with the facts and give you good advice.

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  7. Can a business trademark the use of an Uncle Sam costumed character to attract Income Tax customers?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    2. Ronald David Coleman
    3. Kaiser Wahab
    4. Pamela Koslyn
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes. Anything can function as a trademark if it is a specific depiction (drawing, etc.) of that thing that the public associates with a product or service.

  8. A friend of mine has been accused of sexual misconduct with his daughter. he has done nothing. what do we do

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Joseph K. Chancellor
    2. Ronald David Coleman
    2 lawyer answers

    I can only agree with Mr. Chancellor, though I can't vouch for him personally (he certainly seems well qualified, I am only saying I don't know him!) -- in either event you must get a attorney who is knowledgeable about defamation law and criminal law on this, and very fast.

  9. I want to make dvd copys of a news type story that was aired on tv a few years ago. Is this legal?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    2. Ronald David Coleman
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    This may be a "fair use" of the program, because you are using the recording in order to comment about it to others. It is important, however, that you do not actually re-broadcast it yourself, as opposed to emailing it or sending disks of it to those you want to persuade. This does not mean that you do not risk a "cease and desist" letter for doing what you propose (which again you have not really told us) from the original broadcaster; if they learn about it, they may disagree with my broad...

  10. I want to know if I can do anything about someone posting things about my 11 year old son on the internet.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    There may be legal grounds to stop this, but a lawsuit is usually the worst way to solve this sort of problem. You probably want to start off by discussing this with the people who run your son's wrestling league or, if it is through school, the coach or athletic director there. A lawsuit will likely only inflame matters, cost a lot of money and is probably your last option here.