Legal

Ask a lawyer and get answers to your legal questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I posted an online review for a botched paint job and the…

I posted an online...

I posted an online review for a botched paint job and the provider is threatening to sue me. He did offer to fix it and we declined as honestly I didn’t feel safe

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

TN

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No he’s threatening to file a restraining order etc Monday he wants me to remove it which I would to diffuse this but the website will not remove it

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
3/11/2018
Attorney Wendy
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 1,193
Experience: Member at Keefer & Keefer LLC
Verified

Hello. My name is ***** ***** I am an attorney. I am working on a response to your question and should have that to you shortly.

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you

You are generally protected from any liability for online reviews as long as the review is honest. It sounds like you received poor workmanship on the painting job you hired this person to do. If that is the case, I would pull together any and all documentation you have - photos of before and after, the contract for the paint job, any payments you made to the painter, any contract with the painter, and any correspondence with the painter. This documentation will provide you a good record should he choose to sue you. The only real claim I see is one of defamation - false statement. If your statements in the review are true - truth is a defense. Also, when dealing with defamation claims (which include libel - written false statements - and slander -spoken false statements), opinions (versus facts) are usually protected as well as there is not truth or falsity to one's opinion. All that said, the danger with defamation claims of this kind is that they relate to the painter's "profession" which means the law - if your review was proven to be false - would automatically result in damages (money paid) to the painter. Nonetheless, if your statements are true and/or mere opinion, you should be good. Pulling together the documents and drafting a timeline of what happened will be useful if anything comes up in the future.

I hope this helps. If you need more assistance, please reply to this email. If I answered your question and provided excellent service, I would greatly appreciate your 5 star rating at this time.

please note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No course of action is being proposed and no attorney-client relationship or privilege has been formed as a result of this conversation.

Attorney Wendy
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 1,193
Experience: Member at Keefer & Keefer LLC
Verified
Attorney Wendy and 87 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Attorney Wendy Your Own Question
Attorney Wendy
Attorney Wendy
Attorney Wendy, Lawyer
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 1,193
1,193 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Member at Keefer & Keefer LLC

Attorney Wendy is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,657 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

22,408 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

44,066 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo Senmartin

Guillermo Senmartin

Lawyer

300 satisfied customers

Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

17,183 satisfied customers

Multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation and administration.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
I wrote a on line review of a dr who did a cosmetic
i wrote a on line review of a dr who did a cosmetic procedure on me that came out botched he is now suing me. i told the truth (atty answered me) so now can i post ON LINE that not only did i get a ba… read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
5 satisfied customers
I have a company that supposed to fix my driveway with rocks
I have a company that supposed to fix my driveway with rocks I paid them they didn't finish it right also I gave extra deposit for them to complete my driveway they didn't do that and the guy promised… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
12,587 satisfied customers
In December of 3016 I had an accident with my car. My
In December of 3016 I had an accident with my car. My insurance knew it was my fault. I went to their auto repair shop- body shop and the estimate was fairly decent but they couldn't fix my car like i… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,170 satisfied customers
I have a customer that we did work for in which we were
I have a customer that we did work for in which we were originally called out to their home to fix a leak in their dining room. They had a flashing above their bay window that was in disrepair in the … read more
Zachary Glaser
Zachary Glaser
Juris Doctor
5 satisfied customers
I feel like my superintendant has threatened me, and am
I feel like my superintendant has threatened me, and am wondering if I need to have an attorney to protect and guide me … read more
Ely
Ely
Counselor at Law
Juris Doctor
24,657 satisfied customers
I was just offered a job but they called back because they
i was just offered a job but they called back because they didn't run a check on me yet. all my charges are dismissed. will i not be hired ? and what are my rights … read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
12,587 satisfied customers
Yesterday I was told via an email from my xwife's attorney
Yesterday I was told via an email from my xwife's attorney that I had a restraining order against me, to determine if a restraining order should be continued for a year, or not. And, the evening befor… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
44,066 satisfied customers
I've had replacement windows put in my home and the company
I've had replacement windows put in my home and the company installed my bay window in that was 4 inches too short. As a result, the had to try to fix it but left a about an inch showing old paint on … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Attorney/Landlord/Realtor
Doctoral Degree
37,859 satisfied customers
I had a nightmare experience with yellowpages.com trying to
I had a nightmare experience with yellowpages.com trying to set up an ad for my massage business starting in Sept 2013, and they offered me what sounded like a reasonable contract for a small website … read more
CalAttorney2
CalAttorney2
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
8,845 satisfied customers
My daughter is getting threatened and harassed by an ex-boyfriend
My daughter is getting threatened and harassed by an ex-boyfriend who lives in another state. He lives in NY, we live in TN. We filed our 2nd police report today, but the cop told us there was nothing… read more
KUMI95
KUMI95
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
17 satisfied customers
Hi, What is the best course of actions to protect myself
Hi, What is the best course of actions to protect myself from an aggressive former property management company? I own a vacation property in Orlando FL. I fired the property management last month afte… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers
I am a Freelancer that conducts Search Engine Marketing campaigns
I am a Freelancer that conducts Search Engine Marketing campaigns for clients. I have a single client that during the bidding process, chose to hire me. There were no RFP signed or issued. The agreeme… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers
I met someone online and against my better judgment sent him
I met someone online and against my better judgment sent him pictures of myself. When I said I would not meet him, he threatened to post them on the Internet. He is trying to blackmail me into sexual … read more
TexLaw
TexLaw
Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
4,347 satisfied customers
I was awarded a judgement in small claims court against a sub-contractor
I was awarded a judgement in small claims court against a sub-contractor for a job he botched up and wouldn't fix. During this job, I was notified by the state licensing board that my license expired … read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers
In March I contracted with a handyman to do some minor carpentry
In March I contracted with a ‘handyman' to do some minor carpentry work and repaint my two-storied 75-year old cypress wood sided house in New Orleans. I had solicited and received bids from several o… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers
Online website, Craig list and other things to ruin my reputation.
Online website, Craig list and other things to ruin my reputation. The person lives in Chicago, I live in florida. Some steangers had called me considering the website, please help. I have all of the … read more
Dimitry K., Esq.
Dimitry K., Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
17,183 satisfied customers
My home was rented with no paperwork involved,verbal agreement.However
My home was rented with no paperwork involved,verbal agreement.However the prospective tenant started to move in removed ALL electrical fixtured from my homes ceiling fans lights everything was remove… read more
TJ, Esq.
TJ, Esq.
Juris Doctor (JD)
11,425 satisfied customers
My ex husband--- suddenly started to post threats on the internet
My ex husband--- suddenly started to post threats on the internet on his website, then remove them but not before a stranger notified me that I had been threatened publicly--- with my direct initials,… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x