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Edward C. Hopkins Jr.

Denver Libel / Slander Lawyer.

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  1. How may I file a complaint against a police officer for defamation of family character? Can an officer speak in such a manner?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. James Lawrence Magazine
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. David J. McCormick
    5 lawyer answers

    If what you described happened exactly as you described it, you (and the taxpayers who pay the police officer) have reasons to be upset. That insult crossed the line. The officer owes you and your family an apology. File the complaint. Provide as much detail as you can when you file it. If witnesses other than you and your son heard the police officer's comments, identify the witnesses in your complaint. You do not have a viable claim for defamation, libel, or slander against the police...

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  2. In personal injury matters, how often does the Defendant's attorney usually update the insurance company providing coverage?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. John Gus Zgourides
    3. Frederick Charles Thomas
    3 lawyer answers

    Generally, insurance companies require their defense attorneys to report to them at least monthly. Some insurance companies require their defense attorneys to report to them via update letters or custom software systems or both. Some insurance companies require their defense attorneys to use specific labor and cost categories when making their reports. These reports help the insurance companies keep detailed records of what their defense attorneys are doing. This information can be analyzed...

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  3. Can I sue her for defamation or slander.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. Jason Carl Kennedy
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Miguel Amador
    4 lawyer answers

    (This answer assumes the person who did these things to you lives in Colorado. If she does not, there will likely be issues related to personal jurisdiction law that must be analyzed). If (1) she told people other than you that you had an affair with her husband or that you were a terrorist or that you have a mental illness but (2) her allegations are all provably false, then you could have a viable defamation claim for each false and derogatory statement she published about you. Your...

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  4. Can I sue a family member for harassing and bullying me and slandering me on Facebook

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. Jason Todd Studinski
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Joseph E Holland
    4 lawyer answers

    If any of the statements your half-sister published about you via Facebook are derogatory and provably false, then you could have a viable defamation claim for every false and derogatory statement she published. You could also have a viable defamation claim for every false and derogatory statement she told people orally. The false and derogatory statements she published on Facebook would be libel. Unrecorded false and derogatory statements she told others orally would be slander. In addition to...

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  5. Is it a federal offense for someone to steal your mail?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3 lawyer answers

    It depends on what you mean by "steal." If you mean "intercept before it is delivered" then it could be a federal offense. The applicable federal statute is below. 18 U.S.C. § 1702 - Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post office or any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any letter or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or authorized depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail carrier, before it has been delivered to the person to...

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  6. What kind of attorney would I need to pursue an ex-husband who posts thousands of slanderous and untrue statements and oratories

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    2. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    3. Mark Patchin Miller
    4. Joseph Scheideler
    4 lawyer answers

    You should meet with personal injury lawyers who have experience handling defamation cases for plaintiffs. Libel is written defamation. (In Colorado, at least for a few more months, libel is against the law). Slander is oral defamation. If anyone, including your ex-husband, has published written statements about you or your family online that harmed your or their reputations and you can prove you or they were harmed then you or they could have viable defamation claims. If your ex-...

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  7. I require an attorney whose practice deals with harassment & slander? what category are they? thank you

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    4. Timothy George Kerrigan
    4 lawyer answers

    The facts you provided indicate that you could have viable claims for defamation (aka libel or slander), intentional interference with economic prospects, invasion of privacy, or statutory negligence (aka negligence per se). If your landlord's actions breached the terms of your real estate contract or violated a statute or municipal code, you might have a viable claim against your landlord. You might have a viable civil rights claim too, depending on what the town manager or your landlord did...

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  8. Lawsuit threatened against me for negative online review

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Kevin Michael Rowe
    4. Peter N Munsing
    4 lawyer answers

    The above-quoted online review could contain defamation. There are several statements in the review that could be provably false assertions of fact and might not be constitutionally protected opinions. You should consult an attorney who has experience defending defamation or trade libel claims in Arizona. If you have not done so, you might also want to inform your homeowners' or renter's insurance company representative about the legal notice you have received. As a rule of thumb, if you...

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  9. Are Death threats Illegal?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. Jennifer L. Ellis
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Justin Victor Alper
    5 lawyer answers

    False accusations that a 14-year-old accepted money in exchange for sex or is sexually promiscuous are defamatory per se in Colorado. Credible death threats are illegal. The threats described in your question could violate one or more of the following Colorado Revised Statutes: 18-3-206. Menacing 18-3-207. Criminal extortion 18-3-602. Stalking 18-6-401. Child abuse Your friend should report the criminal acts to her local law enforcement agency and provide the agency with as much...

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  10. Can an attorney commit defamation/false light by knowingly making a false comment against the opposing party in a filing?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward C. Hopkins Jr.
    2. Paul E Knost
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    4 lawyer answers

    You should speak with an Arizona attorney who litigates defamation and false light invasion of privacy claims. This area of law is complex and only a few attorneys practice it regularly. (I'm one of them). A good answer to your questions would require more than a few paragraphs. Arizona recognizes an absolute judicial privilege. This privilege applies to attorneys and parties involved in litigation. For the judicial privilege to apply, the recipient of the communications must have a direct...

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