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Privacy and False Light

There are generally five distinct rights to privacy, in tort law. The most common personal injury ones are:

Intrusion upon seclusion involves the intentional intrusion upon the solitude or seclusion of another individual. This could be an intrusion into one's home, office or hotel room. The intrusion need not be physical and electronic surveillance equipment may sometimes infringe on a person's solitude and seclusion.

Publicly disclosing private information is also a tort of privacy, where unlike defamation, the disclosed details need not be false. The key is that the information must be disclosed in a manner that would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person.

False light publicity places someone in a false light before the public. An example of this would be a misleading publication to the public may be a cause for action under this tort.

Appropriation of name or likeness involves the use of someone's name or personal characteristics without their consent. Usually, this arises in advertising cases.


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A gay couple from New Jersey has sued a political group that used their engagement photo in an anti-gay attack ad in Colorado. But so far, the result in the courts has been mixed.

A federal judge has dismissed part of the couple's case against Public Advocate of the United States, a Virginia-based company that created a mailer against a Colorado political candidate using a doctored version of their engagement photo, reports The Denver Post.

Why did the couple have part of their case dismissed, and what can they do now?

A Florida woman is suing a background check website for using her mugshot in a "hot convict" ad that went viral.

Meagan Simmons, 28, of Zephyrhills, has filed a lawsuit accusing InstantCheckmate.com of using her image for financial gain without her permission -- and especially without giving her a cut of the profits, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Does this "hot convict" have a case?

A federal lawsuit over three Ohio mugshots has resulted in a settlement with the owner of two major mugshot websites.

The settlement between the parties was signed by a federal judge in late December. It calls for Citizens Information Associates LLC (the corporate owner of BustedMugshots.com and MugshotsOnline.com) to pay $7,500 and remove the offending mugshots for free, a lawyer for the company told The Plain Dealer.

This lawsuit is one of many against mugshot sites around the country, so how is this one different?

Disabled Girl's Pic Used Without Permission: $5M Suit

The Aleh Foundation, a high-profile Brooklyn-based non-profit, is facing a $5 million lawsuit for allgedly using a disabled girl's photo for a donation drive without permission.

The Aleh Foundation allegedly used a photo of Ayala Yakobzon -- a 5-year-old who was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down -- to solicit donations. Yakobzon's family claims that they never gave permission to use Ayala's photo, and they never received a dime from the foundation.

But did the charitable foundation do anything unlawful?

An Alabama student claims a Geek Squad tech support agent stole naked pictures of her and posted them online.

University of Alabama art student Nicole March has filed an invasion of privacy suit against Best Buy, alleging that a Geek Squad employee at a Tuscaloosa store stole and distributed her photos after she brought in her computer for repairs, reports The Huffington Post.

What recourse could March or any other victim have against computer repairmen who allegedly pilfer private photos?

A Georgia teen is suing her former high school after a school administrator used her Facebook photo in a presentation on the dangers of social media.

The now college freshman, 17-year-old Chelsea Chaney says she was "embarrassed" and "horrified" to learn that her alma mater was using a bikini-clad photo from her Facebook page to show students the risks of posting photos on Facebook, reports Atlanta's WSB-TV.

Chaney is requesting $2 million for her claims against the school district.

Hiring an Injury Lawyer? 5 Questions to Ask

Hiring the right personal injury lawyer is crucial, and there are many questions that you may have swirling in your head. That's not just from getting knocked down by that bicyclist, either.

Whether we like it or not, injuries are often unpreventable, as run-of-the-mill accidents happen all the time. But other types of injuries -- including intentional torts and economic injuries -- often are preventable, and may leave you aching for justice.

Luckily, with the right attorney, you can have your injury matter resolved as painlessly and as quickly as possible. Here are five questions you'll want to consider asking when hiring an injury lawyer:

For many young singles, summer means plenty of new relationships and sexy flings with Australian girls named Sandy. But it can also mean you getting your pants sued off.

Summer lovers would be wise to remember these three potential causes of action that may follow getting some action:

Nobody wants Google Streetview capturing their saddest moments and displaying them on the internet, especially their breakups.

But that's what seems to have happened to this Southern California woman, who had her picture taken at what might as well have been 123 Dumpsville Road.

Is Google Streetview invading your privacy by memorializing your pain on their maps?

Unwanted Facebook Photo: Invasion of Privacy?

If someone takes a picture of you and posts it on Facebook without your permission, is that technically an invasion of privacy?

Imagine you're at a party and someone posts a photo of you drinking or making a rude gesture. Or what's also pretty common, imagine you and your ex break up, but your ex refuses to remove embarrassing photos of the two of you.

Photos shared on social media can simply be a nuisance. But in some cases, they could lead to a lawsuit that the photo-sharer definitely won't "like."