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Q: Is she able to press charges for international cyberbullying? What can we do to get her peace of mind back?

Good afternoon, my friend lives in UK and has been harassed and threatened by a man that she has been "friends" with for around a year. Now she can barely sleep and feels as though she is unsafe in her home in a different country. I was wondering what her options were since she lives in a different... Read more »

Brian Lehman answered on Feb 9, 2017

There is no international law or international court that would cover this. She could talk to the local authorities in the United States or if the man is in the United States, the local police or prosecutor there.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability, Business Law and Internet Law for Minnesota on

Q: I joined an online course to create 'lead generation' web pages. The idea is to rent the webpage to local companies.

I have heard that if I create a web page for a licensed business, say an auto repair business or a limo service I must either have a license for that industry OR I must have a disclaimer saying "This is a third party webpage" otherwise I can get fined by some federal agency. Is this true or can I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 26, 2016

I'm unaware of any federal rule that says you, the creator has to do something. Many web services work off of templates. However you could have liability if you are viewed as enabling a business that is fraudulent. You may want to learn the business and reframe it to avoid issues.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Minnesota on

Q: A girl I dated in the 80's stole $10,000 from me. She threatened to go to my boss in 1983, if I pressed, and report our

Our gay relationship. I was a stockbroker. I backed off fearing losing my job. Over the years, I thought we put it behind us.. And communicated as friendly. She does printing, and I needed some help with a mailer, so I asked her for help at No Cost. She then made up new accusations that I beat her,... Read more »

Lucas Wynne answered on Sep 11, 2016

Your question does not provide the full facts of your case. I suggest you do not post the complete information here as it is a publicly searchable forum. You write about "blackmailing," "threats," and "new accusations." It would be important to know the nature and context of the communications made... Read more »

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Q: Is it considered harassment or bullying to target a single person and point out inaccurate statements they've made?

This person made a blog that makes fun of veganism, and he has said a lot of things that are rude, hurtful, and so on. I want to go one by one and refute everything he's said rationally and honestly. I will not tell any lies, I will not call names, and I will focus only on the arguments he's made.... Read more »

Lucas Wynne answered on Jul 19, 2016

I can write a post that says "I believe Dave's opinion to be ill-informed." without any worry. I cannot write one that says "Dave is a piece of garbage and should not be trusted." Google libel an slander, hope that helps.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Internet Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on

Q: Can I be sued for blogging about dysfunctional families (mine!) online if I don't use their names?

I write for two of the most well-known sites/blogs online. Every fact I reveal is 100% true and my writing helps thousands of others who also grew up in similarly dysfunctional homes. Am I not protected by the 1st Amendment?

Lucas Wynne answered on Jul 19, 2016

The answer to this question is HIGHLY dependent on what you are writing, its truth, the damage it may cause to others, etc.

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