Sticks and Stones

August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Defamation, Free Speech, Law for Non-lawyers, Personal Injury, Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice

Defamation is a false statement communicated to another person that injures a person’s reputation or good name. Lawsuits for defamation have a long history in the United States, even before the Revolution. Claims for defamation fall between the right of free speech of citizens and the acknowledgement that misstatements and lies can severely damage a …Read More

Smile

May 1st, 2009 | Posted in Defamation, Free Speech, Law for Non-lawyers

Image by Wolfiewolf via Flickr The Raleigh News and Observer has reported a “man bites dog” story.  A dental patient is complaining that her dentist told her she needed an expensive dental treatment that a later dentist said was unnecessary.  However, it is not the patient suing the dentist, but rather the dentist suing the …Read More

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign…

September 23rd, 2008 | Posted in Elections, Free Speech, Homeowner Associations (HOA) Law, Law for Non-lawyers

‘Tis the season when those political candidate signs spring up like mushrooms around neighborhoods and commercial districts throughout the land.  Although signs and posters are considered "speech" under the 1st Amendment and therefore cannot be banned by the government, some permissible restrictions have been allowed.  Check your city or county ordinances here to see if …Read More