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Ronald David Coleman

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

    Please note details: In job search efforts, my resume and certification information was put online via job bank search engine. Which I believe they shared their data w/ other job search entities. In the process, I believe some of my personal data ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    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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  • If a website is using a picture of me with my approval, can I have them take it down

    There is an anonymous (but I know who did it) Internet posting about me (disparaging remarks) on a Web site based in Florida that uses a photo that is not of me. The photo appears to be stock photography of some sort, but doesn't have a copyright ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    The photograph has nothing to do with you, unless you are saying that it is part of the disparaging posting in the sense that someone is falsely and claiming that it is you. Even then, if it is obviously not you (say it is a picture of a monkey or a famous person) the photograph could not be defamatory, but merely a (mean) expression of opinion. It is as if the person who posted is saying that you are "just like" the picture. That is a terrible thing to do, but in the United States it is perfectly legal.

    Disparaging comments or depictions of a private person in a false light are only legal defamation if they are false statements of what seem to be facts, and the person writing those statements knows or should know they are false -- and you are able to prove that you have really been harmed, and not merely had your feelings hurt a little. It usually makes it worse to bring a lawsuit to "solve" Internet-based defamation, because most claims are not resolved favorably for the plaintiff, while the posting itself gets a lot more attention than it otherwise would.

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  • I found a photograph of mine that taken without my permission used on a popular diet/exercise website in a flash presentation.

    What kind of rights do I have with my photo. They took it off my flickr page and there is a copyright sign on the page along with the picture. This picture is in embedded into a flash presented and was cropped to fit there needs, but you can cl...

    Ronald’s Answer

    You have copyright in your photograph, but, as odd as it sounds, you do not have the legal right to sue someone for infringement of your photograph unless and until it is registered. You can find a lot of basic information at the link I have supplied.

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  • Can I sue a tax consulting firm that I hired to represent me at an IRS exam for which they failed to adequately represent me

    what are my rights in a case in which do i have a right to sue? i signed a contract with a tax consultant firm to represent me at an irs exam. they failed to represent me thus leading to me having to cancel service with them and represent myself....

    Ronald’s Answer

    I have a feeling I know which company you're talking about! There are many charlatans in this field. Unfortunately, your right to sue them is almost certainly limited by the agreement you signed with them, which probably requires you to either arbitrate any dispute or to sue them where they are located, not where you are. On the other hand, if this was a recent charge on your credit card, you should at least initiate the issuer's disputed charge procedure.

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  • Can I be held responsible for a stereo system that gets taken from a hotel room I used?

    I stayed at a prominent hotel recently. It did have a Bose system when I arrived and left. About 6 weeks after my stay, my credit card was charged for the missing Bose system. I called to inquire about the charge and was told they had decided I to...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Your first step is to dispute the charge with your credit card company. The burden of proof on their claim that you took the equipment is on the hotel, not on you. You may very well need to get a lawyer (in California) to help you out here and "remind" the hotel of this fact by a letter written on his stationery.

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  • We have a business in fla selling consumer goods,we need representation for charge backs from consumers out of the state.

    How can we protect ourselves from these chargebacks? When everything we've done on our end was correct and the customer is denying recieving the product. We have proof of delivery and still they are denying it?

    Ronald’s Answer

    If you have proof of delivery you must submit it in writing to the charge card company. That is almost always enough to at least move the ball back to the other side. Is the credit card company telling you this information is not sufficient? If so, why?

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  • Can emails be used as evidence & how do i prove it's real? Is it acceptable to print it directly from the internet?

    My ex has a bad habit of not telling the truth in order to get his way in our custody dispute & I need to turn a "He Said/She Said" into "Oh, she has proof of what was said so she must be telling the truth." I know he is going to deny the emails ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Emails are used as evidence the same way any other written communication, such as a letter, is used. You can print it out but be prepared to be asked a lot of questions about how you got it. Be sure not to delete the original version that is in your inbox. It is best if you can print the email out with all its "header" information. Very few cases involve faked emails. Judges realize that not too many people are sophisticated enough to fake an email convincingly, and that they almost always have far more to lose by trying to introduce fraudulent evidence than they could gain by fooling anyone.

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