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John David Hadden

Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. Can I sue for defamation of character and libel?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. John David Hadden
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    Defamation/libel cases are always very fact specific so it is impossible to determine from the limited information you provided whether you have a valid claim. However, it does sound like you have have a claim, and I would recommend more investigation. A recent decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals defined libel as "[a]ny false and malicious defamation of another in any newspaper, magazine, or periodical, tending to injure the reputation of the person and expose him to public hatred,...

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  2. I just move out a house and my landlord dnt want give me my s deposit

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. John David Hadden
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    Georgia law has pretty strict rules for landlords holding security deposits, and in my experience (both as a lawyer and as a renter back in law school) those rules frequently are not followed. The rules include documentation requirements of the reason the deposit is being withheld. If the landlord fails to follow the rules set forth by law, then he or she is potentially subject to penalties of treble damages (meaning 3 times the amount of the deposit you are owed). I would recommend...

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  3. I have a civil lawsuit filed against insurance company for (Bad Faith/Breach of Contract) for denied total loss vehicle claim!

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. John David Hadden
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    Georgia has strict laws regarding penalties and available recoveries for wrongful denial of an insurance claims. Official Code of Georgia, Annotated, Section 33-4-6 sets out the procedure for this type of claim. If the law is followed and you are successful, you can obtain the amount off the loss plus a statutory penalty of 50% of the loss, plus attorneys' fees and court costs. However, you have to make a demand upon the insurer to cover the loss at least 60 days prior to filing a lawsuit....

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  4. My husband was fired after he asked that he be paid the correct wage on an out of town job as according to the Davis Bacon law.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. John David Hadden
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    Based on the facts as you have relayed them, there may be a claim under Davis-Bacon and perhaps a whistleblower/federal qui tam claim as well. My firm handles wage-and-hour claims and would be glad to speak with you and your husband about these issues. Feel free to call me at the number listed on Avvo. John

  5. If divorced does ex-wifes name need to be removed from life insurance?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Starla D. Zehr
    2. John David Hadden
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    While it is possible that there is some specific law or doctrine in your state that would prevent your ex-wife from receiving your life insurance benefits, that is very unlikely. You can name anyone to be a life insurance beneficiary, and until you change it to your current wife, chances are those benefits would go to your ex. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to change beneficiaries (usually with something called a Designation of Beneficiary" form). In any event, I would certainly go ahead...