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Some one recently used my name and facebook picture in a post and falsely attributed a quote to my name. With an intent to damage my reputation and character. In a local community FB group reaching 5,000 people in our community. I have asked him to remove it.. he refuses.. i am pursuing recourse with FB but want to know my legal options

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

CT

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

I have asked the person to remove the picture both in the post and in a private message. He not only refused to do so but said he plans to do many more using my name and picture. I told him that i would take legal action. He said he has "artistic license" to use my name and likenes in this manner.

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I can send the actual picture over?

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Good afternoon, I am an attorney expert with the JustAnswer website, and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office. I have a near 100% customer satisfaction rate, and I'll be answering your questions today. JustAnswer provides general legal information only and does not constitute legal advice. Please allow me just a few minutes to review your question, thank you!

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Do you want to see the picture?
Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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It's not necessary for my response, but you can send it across to me if you like.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
did you get picture
Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Yes, I did.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Give me just a few minutes to finish typing up some information for you, thanks!

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Thanks for your patience while I finish typing up some information for you, it'll just be one more minute, thanks!

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Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Based on the information you've shared, it appears that you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against this individual for defamation.

These are the factors that must be established in a defamation lawsuit:

  • the defendant made a false and defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff
  • the defendant made an unprivileged publication to a third party
  • the publisher (can be this individual themselves through FB) acted at least negligently in publishing the communication
  • you suffered damages.

You should consider hiring a civil lawyer in your area to represent you in this matter and file suit on your behalf.

You can contact the Connecticut State Bar for a referral to a civil lawyer in your area.

The phone number is:

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Most civil attorneys work on a contingency fee basis which means it would not cost you anything out of pocket to begin this lawsuit.

Of course reporting the account to FB as you've done would also be a productive step in removing this information. Just be sure to store screen shots of what was published.

I hope that helps!

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