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 »





Case Law: Bussey v Page, “Unknown hacker” defence rejected, libel damages of £50,000 for internet abuse

10 03 2015

The Bussey Law Firm, Google+ cover photo, company page (1)In the case of Bussey Law Firm PC and Timothy Raymond Bussey v Jason Page (aka Jay Page) ([2015] EWHC 563 (QB)) a US lawyer and his firm were awarded libel damages of £50,000 for internet abuse by an individual in England.   Read the rest of this entry »





Tweets, Terroristic Threats and “True Threats” – Susan Brenner

8 03 2015

AutothermosFor reasons we will get to in a moment, the State of Missouri charged Robert Metzinger with “making a terroristic threat under [Missouri Revised Statutes] § 574.115(4).”  State v. Metzinger, 2015 WL 790463 (Missouri Court of Appeals 2015). Section 574.115(4) makes it a “class A misdemeanor” to Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The Company Computer System, the Employee and Email Privacy – Susan Brenner

1 02 2015

Ctappeald4d3This post examines an opinion the California Court of Appeals for the Second District recently issued in a civil case:  American International Group, Inc. v. Superior Court, 2014 WL 7463887 [doc]. The court begins by explaining how the case arose and what it involved: It began with “American International Group, Inc., and International Lease Finance Corporation” (collectively ILFC) suing Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The High School Teacher, the Blog and the First Amendment – Susan Brenner

13 01 2015

Classroom_3rd_floorNatalie Munroe filed a federal civil rights suit under 42 U.S. Code § 1983 against the Central Bucks (Pennsylvania) School District, its Superintendent N. Robert Laws, and Principal Abram Lucabaugh, alleging that “the school administration harassed and eventually terminated her after discovering a private blog in which Munroe has expressed criticism of the school, her co-workers, and her students.”  Munroe v. Central Bucks School District, 2014 WL 3700325 (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2014). Read the rest of this entry »








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