Invasion of Privacy | The Lyon Firm | Cincinnati, Ohio

Invasion of Privacy

 Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer 

As technology has become more widely available and the ease of transmitting data has developed, we are seeing our privacy diminish.  Recently there have been a number of concerning reports of private companies disclosing private data or utilizing private data for unauthorized uses.

Large scale personal data compilations and sale of such information may cross over into invasive practices under the law.

Invasion of privacy can also involve the publication of personal and sensitive photographs and information. Claims for invasion of privacy are more serious in the internet age as the publication of harmful material can reach millions of people in a matter of seconds.  Reputations can be harmed and emotional suffering can be severe.


Legal Representation

Joe Lyon in a highly rated Cincinnati personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled invasion of privacy claims resulting in six figure settlements.  The Lyon Firm recognizes the personal nature of many of these cases.  For a confidential and no-cost legal consultation, call (800) 513-2403.

Case Examples:

Invasion of Privacy: Revenge Porn: (Cincinnati, Ohio): Confidential settlement against former spouse for the publication of private photographs taken during the course of marital relationship. Former spouse published erotic photographs on numerous internet sites and forwarded copies to family members to further harass plaintiff. The settlement provided a sense of justice, protection, and compensation that will be used to further Plaintiff’s education.

Invasion of Privacy: Media False Light: (Cincinnati, Ohio): Confidential settlement on behalf of young professional women who was falsely portrayed by the local media as being associated with “sexting high school students”.  Despite notice of the false light media clip, the local news station continued to run the story with the clip art that falsely linked the Plaintiff to the “sexting” story.

What are common invasion of privacy claims?

Examples of Invasion of Privacy Claims:

  1. Unauthorized Use of Personal Data
  2. Sale of Personal Data
  3. HIPPA Violations
  4. Revenge Porn
  5. Hidden Video Cameras
  6. Unauthorized Use or Sale of Photograph, Image, or Name

What damages are available in an invasion of privacy case?

  1. Emotional pain and suffering
  2. Disgorgement of any illicit monetary gains
  3. Punitive Damages

Is revenge porn actionable in Ohio?

Yes. “Revenge porn” is an act where a couple has engaged in consensual private photography or video during the course of the relationship.  There is an expectation of privacy and that the video will not be shared outside of the relationship. It is a mistaken belief that this is private property that may be used and published to third parties without consent.  There have been reports of ex-spouses and ex-boyfriends publishing private sex tapes and photographs on websites to embarrass their former partner.  This is a tortious act and compensable under Ohio law.

Case Example:  A veteran’s spouse, at her husband’s request, and within the context of the marital relationship, takes erotic photographs that she forwards to her husband while he is deployed in Iraq.  When he returns to the States, they divorce and he promptly and repeatedly forwards and posts the marital photographs on public websites.  Despite numerous requests to cease the behavior, the behavior continues resulting in Mr. Lyon representing the former spouse for an invasion of privacy action.  The case was successful and it settled for a substantial amount without a law suit being filed.

What is the statute of limitations for an invasion of privacy claim in Ohio?

One year from the date of the act.

If you or a loved one has questions about an invasion of privacy claim and the available remedies, contact The Lyon Firm. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer those important questions.  

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