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Recovering a judgment is usually tough, and the chances of recovery are usually a long shot. Can you embarrass a debtor into paying you by putting a copy of your judgment on some web site? May one copy a judgment debtor's name for the name of a new website to accomplish that? May you also put extra info like your side of the story, or whatever you know about them, and maybe include their picture and address?

This article is my opinion and is not, legal advice. I am a judgment expert, and not a lawyer. When you ever need a strategy to use or legal advice, you should contact a lawyer.

May you place a copy of your judgment onto a website? I think that if you place a copy of just the judgment as it was filed at the court house, that is probably legal, because civil judgments are a public record. However, some action above that, you must be very careful because of laws that protect privacy, etc.

If you put on your website, "This is the copy of my judgment I got against Dan Debtor", and put a PDF or JPG copy of the final judgment, this would be OK; if there is nothing private like your debtor's address or their SSN on the judgment. If these are on the judgment, be sure to cover them so they can't be read.

Whether your judgment debtor or their attorney can sue you isn't actually the question, as anyone may sue anybody else for whatever reason. The relevant question is, will they win at court? The answer probably depends on if you restrict whatever yourself to the example in the paragraph above or not. What happens when you:

A) Use the debtor's name as a web site name, showing a copy of the judgment, for example: <a href="https://http://www.DanDebtor.com" target="_blank">http://www.DanDebtor.com</a>.

B) You write derogatory messages and/or the judgment debtor's private info on public web sites, or publicly call the debtor a deadbeat. An example is visiting the debtor's page at Facebook page and posting a message saying the debtor not repaying your judgment.

C) You place the debtor's picture, address, telephone number, date of birth, SSN, their relative's or kid's names, or any other private information about them on any website.

I'm not an attorney, but I think the actions listed above are listed (ABC) by the odds those type of actions might someday be a basis for a lawsuit if you got sued. When you do anything similar to A, you may receive some letter from a lawyer one day. When you do all three - A, B, and C; you may then one day get a judgment against you.

When you only show the public record of a judgment at some website, I believe you're OK, as anyone may go to a court house and buy a copy of a judgment or get the judgment online. (Presuming your document has not become destroyed or lost.)

Even if you just place a copy of your judgment, and then write the truth (your side of the story) with your own words, your words are not meant to get part of a public record tied to the debtor. While your words may not be considered slander or libel, what you write may get interpreted legally as "damaging" to your debtor's reputation.

I do not advise placing your judgment on some web site as it probably will not get you repaid, and could cause hassles for you. If you feel that you have to share the judgment on some website, it is best to publicize just a copy of the judgment.


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