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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Internet Law, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for California on
Q: How can you add up pain and suffering and what proof do you need to show the court?

I am being sued for $10,000. For lost wages plus pain and suffering. The plaintiff has no proof of numbers. How does one show proof?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 16, 2021

Pain and suffering, like all elements of a claim, is shown via evidence, which comes in the form of testimony and documentation. Further, there is no calculable way to quantify pain and suffering--each case is different.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I read children's books on sites like Youtube? If so, am I also allowed to display the pages of the book for viewer

Is reading a children's book online legal as long as you aren't trying to monetize it? (New Jersey)

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jun 7, 2021

Monetizing has nothing to do with copyright violation.

You should be careful and consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Internet Law and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: A woman stealed a photo of me and my exgirlfriend and she uses it as a profile photo in social media. I’m married?

A woman stealed a photo of me and my exgirlfriend and she uses it as a profile photo in social media to say that I’m dating her while this is a lie. In the photo I’m kissing my ex girlfriend but only my face can be seen while my ex girlfriend face is hidden. She only uses that photo. I’m... Read more »

Randy Sorrels
Randy Sorrels answered on Jun 5, 2021

If she has put you in a false light by using this photo, then you may have a claim against her. You should first ask her to remove the photo immediately (in writing) though as an alternative to filing a lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Q: Can they take my daughter or me to jail for fraud

My daughter had an Instagram (made her delete it) she’s 16 and wants to become a model. Someone approached her saying they were a company, everything was pretty suspicious from what i saw. She said she was interested and filled out a form asking about measurements, phone number, address, model... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jun 1, 2021

A contract with a minor is usually unenforceable and it doesn't seem like a criminal violation if they gave her the money (as opposed to her stealing the money). If she's contacted by law enforcement, reach out to a lawyer ASAP. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for Arizona on
Q: Is this pediatricians encouraging parents to violate cp laws?

"Mink says pediatricians should ask parents to video-tape the episodes before performing invasive and often expensive tests that could be unnecessary."

Um.... Doesn't us code 2252 and 2251 prohibit people from recording their children engaging in these types of activities?... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on May 28, 2021

If a pediatrician asked a parent to videotape a behavior for diagnostic purposes, I believe a court would find such recording an exception to any law prohibiting such. If the person doing the recording was my client, I would ensure it is delivered to the physician as soon as possible after... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Can the president of an HOA prevent a board member from engaging residents on social media? Which law supports this?

I found some protections for members of legislative bodies in the Gov code (Chapter 9. Meetings [54952.2], but those pertain to public entities and our HOA is a private nonprofit corporation.... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on May 27, 2021

The 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of speech. It is also protected by the California Constitution in Article 1, section 2 which states: "SEC. 2. (a) Every person may freely speak, write and publish his or her sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is asking for money not to release a video of someone saying something like the N word extortion?
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 26, 2021

i would want to hear all the facts.

however, it certainly could be blackmail........

2 Answers | Asked in Communications Law and Internet Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a judge ordered me to stay off social media in Ohio?

I am on probation and am just wondering.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 24, 2021

It depends on the facts of the case and underlying charge. The short answer is probably yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Maryland on
Q: I post a video online of a complete stranger twerking and they tell me to take it down am I legally obligated to do so
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 20, 2021

Who are "they"? If the website where you posted it is telling you to take it down, then they have that right. Otherwise, you need to provide more facts to explain who is telling you to take it down, what your relationship is to them, the nature of the site you posted to, and a better... Read more »

Q: If there was a youtuber whom read poetry from other poets and got paid for it, could he/she be sued?

They aren't passing off the content (poems) as their own. They are just reading it in a ASMR fashion to make money.

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on May 4, 2021

What is copyright infringement? As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner. Since you use the poem in a way that you are making... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Military Law for Michigan on
Q: How can a victim get information on the defendants release information

A year ago my bf went to jail for online solicitation of a minor. I was wondering since my parents filed against him but won't share his sentencing information, how can I get that information as the "victim". I'll be 18 in a month and I was hoping to file a motion to drop the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 19, 2021

You can likely look up public access records from the court he was convicted in. It's highly likely that a no-contact order with you remains in place through his term of probation or parole. It is also highly unlikely, given your age and nature of the offense, that a judge will grant your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law, Libel & Slander and White Collar Crime for Washington DC on
Q: if someone were to make deepfake of both video and audio version of me, would that count as impersonation?

if somebody, were to make deepfake videos, and deepfake audio of me, with the intent of malicious intent of harming my reputation, would that count as impersonation?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 17, 2021

It might be many things, depending on the facts. First, DC and Virginia are "one-party" audio recording jurisdictions, where only one person (the recorder) needs to consent to it, unlike in Maryland where it is illegal to make an audio recording of someone else without their actual... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander on
Q: Is it legal for somebody to video tape a private telephone conversation and threaten to distribute it on social media?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 11, 2021

There isn't a state or territory mentioned here. Requirements for consent in recording phone conversations can vary by state. There's no guarantee every question is picked up, but there could be better chances if a state was included. You could repost if you wanted to include a state.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Maryland on
Q: Adverse Possession Maryland Law State / Common Law.

Adverse Possession Maryland Law Can the Land Sell It. The Private Auction Company And And They Will Not Canceled It. It Is For Auction (April 6th 2021). I Had The One Canceled Before By The Same Private Auction Company On ( July 17th 2020). The Owner Knows That The Land Is Adverse Possessed. And... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 3, 2021

If you claim to own the land pursuant to the common law doctrine of adverse possession, then you must establish this fact by way of an action in court to declare yourself the owner by virtue of adverse possession, and you must serve the titled owner of record and any trustee under any recorded and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a business video and audio surveillance record without letting any customers know he is doing this?

He can access the recordings online!

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 29, 2021

Businesses are free to employ surveillance in most parts of the business. They cannot do so in changing and bathroom areas, or showers at places like gyms.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: Our business received a threat posted online from a customer. Is a restraining order, or other legal action, advisable?

Without getting into specifics, a customer posted the following comment as feedback to a purchase he made from our business, "U BE THE 1ST GUY I SHOOT". There were also emails sent with profanity, as well as a comment posted on our Facebook page. The customer is located in a different... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Mar 26, 2021

A restraining order is issued in the context of a CIVIL case but it expires when the case ends. That said, sending a death threat and multiple harassing electronic messages can be the basis for a criminal Stalking case... and the victim of a Stalking can apply for a Protective Order... and that is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Q: Copying my products from Alibaba to Amazon

I am a seller on Alibaba and would like to copy my products to a new Amazon account. But I have read the below in Alibaba t&c's. Does this mean as the IP owner I cannot use my Alibaba content to copy and upload new products to my Amazon account?

3.2 You agree that (a) you will not... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Mar 19, 2021

Facts are needed for an answer. For example, what content was contributed by Alibaba? What content did you use before you were on Alibaba? Also, you appear to be ignoring Amazon T&Cs. The words of the T&Cs are not self explanatory and need to be interpreted. It looks like the choices are to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for New York on
Q: I am being sued for downloading media from the internet. What kind of lawyer do I need and where can I get one?

They are seeking a judgment for $18,400.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 18, 2021

If they are basing their lawsuit on infringement, a starting point could be to reach out to a copyright attorney. Based on other issues, possibly a civil litigation attorney. There is a tab above (Find-a-Lawyer). You could use that, or you could conduct your own independent searches. Good luck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Internet Law and Mergers & Acquisitions on
Q: I was shopping on line wen I came across some car parts advertising at 0£ So paid they now have changed the site and the

And they won’t send the order what legal opinion I have as they are misleading me to get my information and all and place the order only hours after they change what can I do

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 15, 2021

Based on the unit of currency you mention (£), this might require the guidance of an attorney who practices outside the U.S. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Gaming, Internet Law and Small Claims for Kentucky on
Q: If alot of people got scammed from a website out of alot of money for example I invested 1500 was supposed to be a 10%

It was supposed to be a 10% return and u could take ur money out anytime for a fee now no one can take there money out now. The site was a scam and a lot of people got scammed can I sue ?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 9, 2021

Yes. You can. You’ll need to find out the princi ppu als behind it and sue them too.

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