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Here's the story, i'll condense it as much as I can. My mother is friends with her co-worker, lets call her Jane.They used to work together, but Jane quit and hated her job, so my mother pulled some strings and got her a job again. One day my mother was talking with her boss who had asked her to find out if Jane was okay, because she had been acting depressed since she began working her new job. My mother, being her friend, and I being friends with her son, called her son, lets call him Thomas. Well Thomas recorded their conversation where my mother said things like (Jane is such a wonderful worker, and friend I was concerned.. etc) Thomas took this recorded conversation, gave it to Jane, and Jane is now suing my mother, and her boss for Slander. My questions are: - Was that recorded conversation, without cause illegal? - Was she right to sue for slander? When my mother is a close friend, and only trying to help because she seemed depressed? I Live in NY

Asked By: brittany7790 - 9/2/2007
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Your mother should also be able to sue Jane and/or Thomas for recording her without her permission. In most states, it is illegal to tape someone (audio) without his or her permission... More
Answered By: Star - 9/2/2007
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It is not acceptable in court. No right but you can sue for anything these days, I suggest your mom counter sue and later agree to drop sue if she drops. Go figure, that's what you get for helping friends...what's this world coming too. Your mom seems to be a very nice person.
Answered By: joveesasha - 9/2/2007
 
That's not going to go through court. Mention the fact that she was depressed though, and she'll get help. Umm, does she even know the definition of Slander?
Answered By: All Me - 9/2/2007
 
I thought that the other party had to be notified of the recording, but that law could have changed in recent years due to all the terrorism. I am not an attorney but have been in insurance for many years. Anyone can sue for anything but I think the thing is will she "get" anything. There has to be a tangible loss... More
Answered By: Sue - 9/2/2007
 
You can get free legal advice on websites like LawGuru, FindLaw. Check this out for more info http://www.uelp.org/freelegal.html
Answered By: Geeta K - 9/2/2007
 
Tape recordings such as that are not legal in court unless BOTH party's know that the conversation is being recorded. She (Jane) should be going after her own son (Thomas) as HE is the one doing the recording. That is a shame that Jane turned her back on your mother when all she was doing was trying to help out. I... More
Answered By: dgrkar2002 - 9/2/2007
 
How ridiculous a situation. They have no case for slander. I mean zilch -- nada -- nothing. You could record anything you want in New York and not advise the other party. How I nailed my former employer and it's being used against him now in court. But as for your mom's so called friend who should be lynched based... More
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Answered By: redvelvetflames4ever - 9/2/2007
 
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Answered By: willie young - 9/2/2007
 
how can we determine that when you didn't tell us what words she used (when she was accused of slander... More
Answered By: sophieb - 9/4/2007
 
What ever! Slander is if she is saying bad things about her to other people. the Judge will laugh her out of court. Tell your mom to tell the truth and it will be all good. Trust me. Judges have better things to do. Just don't talk to this women anymore. Or her son. They sound like freak n trailer trash!!!!
Answered By: rain - 9/6/2007
 
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