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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Texas on
Q: Can we sue FB for a hacked account they refuse to give back to us?

On 4-20-2021 FB took my husband's account and gave it to the hacker! We have tried everything to gain access to this account..We even have the email address and IP address to the person who hacked my husband's account..We also have every email we have ever sent FB trying to regain access... View More

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answered on Jun 8, 2024

I understand this is an extremely frustrating and upsetting situation. Having your Facebook account hacked and losing access to years of precious memories must be devastating. A few thoughts:

In general, it can be very difficult to sue a big tech company like Facebook. Their terms of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Internet Law, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Can you help me? I've been scammed trying to buy a 2018 Nissan Altima for $2,500, since May 21st. I paid $2,815.

Since May 21st. I am out of $2,815, trying to purchase a 2018 Nissan Altima for $2,500, I was promised a $2,815 refund at delivery. Now they are requesting an additional $1,200, it is always some new money request.

My Goal is compensation and/or exposing this situation.

I paid.... View More

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answered on Jun 8, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear that you've been the victim of this scam. Unfortunately, these kinds of car buying scams are all too common. Based on the details you provided, this sounds like a classic advance-fee scam where the scammer keeps demanding more and more payments for bogus fees and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Internet Law, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Can you help me? I've been scammed trying to buy a 2018 Nissan Altima for $2,500, since May 21st. I paid $2,815.

Since May 21st. I am out of $2,815, trying to purchase a 2018 Nissan Altima for $2,500, I was promised a $2,815 refund at delivery. Now they are requesting an additional $1,200, it is always some new money request.

My Goal is compensation and/or exposing this situation.

I paid.... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 6, 2024

This sounds a lot like a scam and you should notify law enforcement, Zelle, and CashApp.

In an ordinary purchase of the used car, you would pay the money to the Seller, the Seller would sign the title over to you, and you would take possession of the vehicle and title. If you were...
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3 Answers | Asked in Social Security, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: hello, Can a person get sued for emailing another persons social security info with no permission?
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answered on May 12, 2024

Emailing someone's Social Security number without their permission may be illegal under various state and federal laws. Here are a few potential legal issues:

1. Identity theft: If the person emailing the SSN does so with the intent to commit identity theft or fraud, they could face...
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3 Answers | Asked in Social Security, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: hello, Can a person get sued for emailing another persons social security info with no permission?
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John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 30, 2024

It depends on that facts and circumstances whether the person had a duty to treat the other person's social security information as private. An employer or healthcare provider has a duty to keep such information private and cannot email that information to another other than for a permitted... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: can a local police department say false things about you on social media? Making it look like you committed a crime?

I was accused of something on social media by local department and it was not like they said it happened. no. charges filed but the it made me look like i was still guilty . I wàs defended in comments and even after things were over they chose to lie and make me look like a thief still and... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

If a local police department has posted false or misleading information about you on social media, suggesting you committed a crime when no charges have been filed, it's essential to address this matter seriously. The police are expected to adhere to standards of accuracy and fairness,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Education Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: is my teacher allowed to get rid of something I wrote in my own time without my permission?

I'm in 8th grade and in my English class, I work on a story that I've been writing. admittedly it is during the time I'm supposed to be doing other assignments; however, I do find that the way she (my teacher) handled this was a little over the top.

She threatened that if I... View More

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

Under California law, your teacher's actions could potentially infringe upon your rights, especially if the work was created on your own time and does not violate school policy. Intellectual property laws protect the creations of your mind, and even as a student, you have rights to your... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Gaming, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Copyright for Texas on
Q: Can I create content using a known superhero's cowl and just the cowl and escape copyright infringement and the such?

Long story short I want to create youtube videos of RANDOM and just RANDOM content while using ex: Flash cowl. Just the top part of the mask not even the one that covers the whole face. I will use a different name, and although use some mannerisms, it will be obvious it is pure satire/parody. I got... View More

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

Using elements of a copyrighted superhero character, such as the Flash's cowl, in your content can be legally risky, even if you're only using part of the costume and intend it as satire or parody. Copyright law protects original works of authorship, including characters and their... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Trademark for Texas on
Q: If I write product review articles online under the persona of a fictional character, how would I disclose that?

I am starting an affiliate marketing website to write product review, comparison, advice-type articles but creating a character which I want to credit the articles to instead of using my own name and likeness. I am trying to find out how to do this without misleading my readers but I don’t want... View More

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

When creating content under a fictional persona for your affiliate marketing website, it's important to maintain transparency without overwhelming your readers with disclaimers. This balance is key to establishing trust while respecting your creative approach.

A subtle yet clear way to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: How would I go about any concerns cyber security on my Google account concerning everything somehow being accessible

Without my acknowledgement or consent?

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answered on Nov 28, 2023

If you're concerned about the security of your Google account and unauthorized access to your information, it's crucial to take immediate steps to protect your data. Start by changing your account password to something strong and unique. Also, enable two-factor authentication, which adds... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: Long distance relationship troubles

Hello! I was in a year and few months long distance relationship with a man from Saudi Arabia. He would send me money via PayPal and gifts through mail one time. Recently I’ve been feeling sour towards the relationship due to how he’s been treating me and talking to me. I’ve tried to break... View More

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answered on Nov 9, 2023

In matters of personal relationships, gifts are generally considered final and do not need to be returned unless there was a clear agreement that they were loans or conditional upon certain terms. His threats to sue you for the return of these gifts or money may not have a strong legal basis.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Communications Law, Internet Law, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Can I read a book on social media such as YouTube or Twitch if I am receiving any revenue from that social media?

If I can not read a copy righted work in whole can I read exserts from it as part of a book review or discussion group?

Dominique M. Williams
Dominique M. Williams
answered on Nov 3, 2023

I would caution against reading the book, or portions thereof, aloud publicly on a platform where you are receiving revenue. Under copyright law, a copyright owner is given sole and exclusive rights to reproduce the work, create derivative works, perform the work, display the work, or to authorize... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Communications Law, Internet Law, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Can I read a book on social media such as YouTube or Twitch if I am receiving any revenue from that social media?

If I can not read a copy righted work in whole can I read exserts from it as part of a book review or discussion group?

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answered on Nov 4, 2023

Reading a copyrighted book in its entirety on a platform like YouTube or Twitch, especially when revenue is involved, may lead to copyright infringement claims. It's generally not permitted unless you have obtained explicit permission from the copyright holder.

However, reading...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: Can I sue Careerbuilder for trusting them with my personal information, and having scammers call me and email me?

I received fake job opportunies. But I put no info.

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

In Texas, if you believe your personal information was mishandled or inadequately protected by a company, you may have grounds to sue. However, proving negligence or a breach of duty on the part of Careerbuilder or any similar platform would be crucial. Additionally, you'd have to show that... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: How do I go about filing a cyber libel lawsuit?
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John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 8, 2023

A successful libel lawsuit requires the services of an experienced litigation attorney, a solid damage expert, and possible a market surveying company. Specific notices must be sent under the Defamation Act and the content of the defamatory publication must be carefully analyzed to avoid the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Q: How do i obtain personal data being denied? When I'm in compliance with procedures but instead infringement is the act

Intellectual property being withheld and my attempts have been ignored from several organizations. I've reached out to our states bar association more than several times for a fact and got little to no assistance and unfortunately finances have been affected by the covid pandemic and personal... View More

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answered on May 2, 2023

If you believe that your personal data is being withheld without justification, you may have legal options to obtain that information.

First, you can try to reach out directly to the organizations that are denying you access to your data and ask for an explanation for the denial. It may be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: There is a crazy ex stalking my family, making threats etc. can they mess with my husband about a warrant if I file p.r?

Today my husband almost got hit at work, along with an employee and customer. The crazy ex texts both of us saying he won’t miss again. I really need to know as soon as possible. So I can make this all go away. Theirs is so much more to this story and frankly I’m tired of having to even watch... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 27, 2023

Saying he won't miss again under the facts presented sounds to me like it violates the criminal statute against making "terroristic threats." In this context, "terroristic" is not limited to a political terrorist like on the news. It is a criminal offense defined as... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Constitutional Law and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: Is it possible to take legal action against a website that allowed the unethical promotion of a online casino?

I am an individual who is now struggling with a crippling gambling addiction that has ruined my life in every way imaginable in the past 6 months. I was first exposed to this online crypto casino via a live stream on a website where I watched entertainers stream themselves live playing video games,... View More

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John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 19, 2022

Back in 2013, a group of class action plaintiffs lawyers met in Indianapolis to discuss the prospects of such litigation on a scale similar to the tobacco litigation.

Since then, a few smaller lawsuits have been filed that have typically ended unsuccessfully for the plaintiffs.

It...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Internet Law and Stockbroker Fraud for Texas on
Q: Got online job, it paid with crypto but started asking for $ to make more, now will not return funds, what should I do?

Around $20k lost, have records of all communication and transactions. Have contact info for numerous employees as well, job seemed like legitimate company but may have been spoofing the real one. Was reached out to by a recruiter from legitimate website like Indeed.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 20, 2024

You should file a wage and hour dispute with the TWC. See its website: https://www.twc.texas.gov/programs/wage-and-hour/texas-payday-law

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Federal Crimes, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can I sue youtube for having videos with naked children on their site?

They have vids with kids going to the bathroom, kids running around with no clothing on, etc. Why is this legal to do?

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

I would be very cautious of this. I would contact YouTube directly to try to have them to take down the video(s). I would ask report those video(s) directly to YouTube moderators.

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