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Q: HIPPA violations by Blair county district attorney requires me to hire an attorney to represent me. Help!

HIPPA Violations from Cleveland clinic to Allegheny general hospital to UPMC hospital and doctors offices have been gaslighted and used by a corrupt district attorney in Blair county. The detective responsible for violations is xx. He now trying to use the Pennsylvania State Police to protect him... View More

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answered on May 24, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the severe issues you're facing. To address potential HIPAA violations and civil rights infringements, it's crucial to hire an attorney experienced in both healthcare privacy and civil rights law. These professionals can help you gather evidence, file... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Libel & Slander and Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is there any laws in Pennsylvania against Adults cyber bulling adults on social media
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answered on Mar 29, 2024

In Pennsylvania, there are laws designed to address harassment and stalking, which can encompass cyberbullying among adults. While the state's legal framework primarily targets physical stalking and harassment, certain provisions extend to electronic or digital forms of communication,... View More

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Q: Do I need a civil rights Attorney, or Music Attorney?

I am an independent musician who has been in dispute with a social media platform. If I feel I was discriminate against for several reasons and can prove it, and would like to take legal action. Do I contact a civil rights attorney, or a music attorney? Thanks in advance.

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answered on Mar 2, 2024

Based on the details provided, you have a few options in terms of legal representation:

- Civil rights attorney - If you feel you were discriminated against by the social media platform based on your protected class status (race, religion, gender, etc.), then consulting a civil rights...
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Q: Do I need a civil rights Attorney, or Music Attorney?

I am an independent musician who has been in dispute with a social media platform. If I feel I was discriminate against for several reasons and can prove it, and would like to take legal action. Do I contact a civil rights attorney, or a music attorney? Thanks in advance.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 15, 2024

A civil rights attorney is a usual starting point for matters in involving discrimination. It isn't fully clear by what you mean by music attorney - music contract terms dispute, music intellectual property rights, royalties? Maybe with additional details, an attorney could better determine... View More

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Q: Do I need a civil rights Attorney, or Music Attorney?

I am an independent musician who has been in dispute with a social media platform. If I feel I was discriminate against for several reasons and can prove it, and would like to take legal action. Do I contact a civil rights attorney, or a music attorney? Thanks in advance.

Eddie Burnett
Eddie Burnett
answered on Apr 2, 2024

For a dispute with a social media platform where you believe discrimination occurred, a civil rights attorney would be the best first contact. Music attorneys typically handle issues related to contracts, royalties, and intellectual property within the music industry itself.

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Q: I have a friend who admitted to viewing CP many years ago who lives out of country. I did not report him. Am I at risk?

Do I need to report him to avoid consequences?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

I understand the difficult situation, but not reporting knowledge of past child abuse imagery viewing does carry risks legally and ethically. Here are a few considerations:

1. In many jurisdictions, not reporting knowledge of felony sex crimes against minors is itself a criminal offense. So...
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Q: Can a online auction company reopen the auction after the hammer falls..telling customers after it was human error ..

I had bid on and won various items per their own statements to me via email..auction supposedly closed 230 am this past sunday.however it was reopened after error was discovered.but several bidders including my self had closed auction believing what we bid on has been won again per emails sent to... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It is highly unusual and potentially problematic for an online auction company to reopen an auction after the hammer has fallen and declare it was due to human error. Once an auction has concluded and items have been won by bidders, it is generally expected that the results are final. Reopening the... View More

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Q: A person took all my kids photos from my Facebook and made a Facebook account and Added it collection of photos of kids

He also likes all the elementary school posts

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answered on Dec 19, 2023

In such a situation, it's important to take immediate action. First, you should report the unauthorized Facebook account to Facebook. They have specific procedures for dealing with accounts that improperly use personal images, especially those of minors.

You may also want to contact...
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Q: My husband is having a affair and has my wifi hacked. Which allows hm to hack my phone also

It's actually the 2 of them attached to my phone. I believe there sharing calenders and locations ect. He goes by his name and she goes by mine. I'll ask google my current location and it tells me her locations. One night it said I was about a mile from my house. So I pushed directions... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Nov 30, 2023

You need to hire an attorney who specializes in family relations law and regularly practices in your county. There is no magic bullet that the lawyers here can give you that will substitute for getting your own representation. If you wish to prove what you have alleged you will also need to hire... View More

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Q: Can I sue my classmates because she screenshot my story from my private insta account and sent it to the principal?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 20, 2023

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. There are attorneys who handle invasion of privacy lawsuits; you could try to arrange a brief, free consult. But in such cases, attorneys often charge hourly. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I need a website's permission to use them as an example/demo in a teaching video?
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
answered on Sep 23, 2020

Generally speaking, using copyrighted content for educational purposes is squarely within the "fair use" doctrine of copyright law. Without knowing a bit more about your situation, it's difficult to answer this fully, but your risk of infringement here is very low.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it illegal to send pictures of penis while underage to someone also underage and they saved them w/out my permission?

The receiver saved the pictures without consent and then sent them to other people without my consent. Is the sender more at fault or the receiver?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 5, 2020

No one needs your permission to save the photos you send to them, what would make you think that they do? No one needs your permission to remember what you say to them, or to repeat it to someone else. What you put out on the internet or over texting on the phone is the same thing, and IT LASTS... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can an EU citizen apply for a restraining order in the US, against a US citizen?

We used to have an online relationship with a person from PA, USA. He will not accept that it is over and keeps stalking me, sending messages on every possible platform. What are my options to stop him? Can I apply for a restraining order in the state of his residence, without travelling from the... View More

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Apr 23, 2019

Yes, but you will have to hire a lawyer qualified to practice in the state where the person resides. Try using this website to locate some lawyers in Pennsylvania to advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: where is the line in cyber stalking?

My daughter has her Snapchat pubialy posted on her instagram page. She received an anonymous friend request. He said he is a friend from school who has a girlfriend but has seen my daughter from a distance and thinks she is hot.

My daughter asked who it is and he instantly responded to... View More

Jonathon Luff
Jonathon Luff
answered on Feb 4, 2019

No this would likely not be considered stalking. The law has not caught up to where technology has gone yet. This would not be stalking in my opinion. You can block someone from contacting you on most sites. Stalking would require continuous behavior and not just one or two creepy messages.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: Cyber stalking

My daughter has her Snapchat name pubically posted on her instagram (I had her remove this). Today she received an anonymous request via Snapchat. She asked who it was. The person stated they are a secret admirer and know her from a distance. This individual stated they have a girlfriend and know... View More

Arnab Kumar Banerjee
Arnab Kumar Banerjee
answered on Jan 29, 2019

PA has no state law on cyber stalking. therefore federal anti cyber stalking law is applied here. i think this is cyber stalking under that act.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am being accused of using another person's bank account to pay two credit cards. What charges can come from that?

I am being accused of using someone else's checking account information to pay two of my credit cards. The first was my home Depot card, and I notified the person that was the checking account owner that a payment was about to go through, and the account owner called his bank and stopped the... View More

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall
answered on Jun 8, 2018

Typically, fraudulent use of another's bank account without his/her permission could carry charges like: forgery; access device fraud; identity theft; theft by unlawful taking; theft by deception; and/or receiving stolen property. The grading of the offenses (felony, misdemeanor, etc.)... View More

Q: i am a sex offender recently released from a Penna. prison. I am now serving 5 years special probation and am being

required to attend a counciling service that requires you sign a document saying you are not allowed to use the internet . I HAVE NEVER USED internet for improper purposes. There are various reasons i must have internet access. If i use the internet i will be dismissed from counciling and then be... View More

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Dec 9, 2017

It's not but the way around it is to get a modification of the order allowing you use of the internet however it will have to be limited, you will likely have to allow others access to your computer and any and all passwords you have so they can make sure you aren't useing this in an untoward way.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Internet Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I purchesed a website from someone I but I do not have a contract from him but my mother wrote a bankers check to him

I also have a few text messages from him what can I do about this

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jun 19, 2017

Can mom stop the check? Otherwise your best bet will be contacting the state attorney general's office office of consumer affairs.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a image of me that is detrimental to my reputation and encompasses bullying is posted on social media, can I sue?

I repeatedly asked the source to delete the photo, which I never gave him permission to share, and it is still available for everyone to see. He still refuses to delete the photo and will not take me serious. The photo not only has my full name shown in the image, but also details of the personal... View More

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on May 23, 2017

If you wrote to him on facebook and he put it up, not much you can do. Ask the provider to take it down.

Without knowing what it is, hard to say--but I can tell you suing him will cost you lots of money and time and not get you anywhere.

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Q: what is the different electronic communications privacy act and wiretap act? Are they the same?

I need more details and if you can give me more resources ?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Nov 11, 2016

Different. Start with the electronic freedom foundation and a basic search for articles on each--Justia may be a source.

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