Some seemingly complicated legal issues are actually fairly straightforward, once you know the lingo.
Known as legalese, the specialized language used by lawyers, judges, and government officials can often make it difficult for laypeople to understand legal proceedings or correspondence.
That's why we're going through the legal dictionary letter by letter as part of our new series, Legalese From A to Z. This week, we look at legal terms beginning with the letter "F":
- False light. False light is an untrue or misleading portrayal of a person, usually associated with the tort of invasion of privacy. A tort claim for false light invasion of privacy allows recovery for reckless public broadcast of information that places the plaintiff in a false light and is embarrassing or highly offensive, such as publication of a private photo in an unflattering context.