United States: “Outrage Tort” Privacy and the Geek Squad – Susan Brenner

20 06 2015

Tuscaloosa_Federal_Courthouse,_Tuscaloosa_(Tuscaloosa_County_,_Alabama)This post examines an opinion in which a U.S. District Court Judge ruled on cross-motions for summary judgment filed, respectively, by the plaintiff who brought the lawsuit and by the defendant:  March v. Best Buy Stores, Inc., 2015 WL 3467036 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama 2015). Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The Tattoos, Rap Lyrics, the First Amendment and Racketeering – Susan Brenner

13 06 2015

Melrosebx1On September 25, 2013, after a trial held in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Earl Pierce, Melvin Colon, and Joshua Meregildo were convicted of, among other things, conspiracy, racketeering, murder, narcotics trafficking, and firearms offenses, and then appealed.  U.S. v. Pierce, 2015 WL 2166141 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit 2015). Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The Facebook Posts, Cyberstalking and “Substantial Emotional Distress” – Susan Brenner

30 05 2015

Dutch_Painting_in_the_19th_Century_-_Van_de_Laar_-_The_DivorceThis post examines a recent opinion from the Florida Court of Appeals that involves domestic violence and “cyberstalking.”  Horowitz v. Horowitz, 2015 WL 1443223 (District Court of Appeals of Florida – Second District 2015).  The best explanation of how the case arose appears in the brief Sammie D. Horowitz filed in appealing a judge’s entry of an “injunction for protection against domestic violence” against him.  Horowitz v. Horowitz, Initial Brief of Appellant, 2013 WL 7101921 District Court of Appeals of Florida – 2d District 2013). Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Nudity, Privacy and the Prostitute – Susan Brenner

24 05 2015

Anthonie_Palamedesz._-_Brothel_Scene_-_WGA16867After a jury convicted Charles Adams “of capturing a representation that depicts nudity without the knowledge or consent of the person who is depicted nude in violation of Wisconsin Statutes § 942.09(am)1,” he appealed.  State v. Adams, 2015 WL 1034741 (Wisconsin Court of Appeals 2005).  Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The “Homewrecker,” the Blog and Stalking – Susan Brenner

30 04 2015

Rowlandson_-_Stolen_KissesThis post concerns an opinion is from judges who sit in the District Court of Appeals of Florida –Second District:  Leach v. Kersey, 2015 WL 1740907 (2015).  The Court of Appeals begins the opinion by explaining that “Melissa Leach appeals a final judgment of injunction for protection against stalking entered in favor of Tara Michelle Kersey.”  Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The Tracking Device, Email Hacks and Invasion of Privacy – Susan Brenner

15 04 2015

US_Courthouse,_East_St_LouisThis post examines a U.S. District Court Judge in the Southern District of Illinois‘s recent opinion in a civil case:  Troeckler v. Zeiser, 2015 WL 1042187 (2015). The suit was brought by two plaintiffs: Theresa Troeckler and Candice Zeiser sued Donald Zeiser, Steven Jacobsen, Kyvon Services, LLC, Mark Stueck, William Reynolds and Brighton Lewis, Inc. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Anonymous Speech, Twitter and Defamation – Susan Brenner

21 03 2015

SeattleCourthouseCMYKThis post examines an issue that arose in the case of Music Group Macao Commercial Offshore Limited, et al. v. John Does, Defendant [sic], 2015 WL 930249 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California) which the judge described as “primarily” one for defamation, with “attendant claims” Read the rest of this entry »








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