Cyberbullying kills. Legislators now realize the severity of the situation and are working to craft effective solutions. And these days, cyberbullying lawyers are creatively using torts — like defamation — to fight back.
What Is Cyberbullying, Legally Speaking?
Simply put, cyberbullying occurs when someone uses a digital or mobile devices to harass, torment, or threaten another person. Malicious embarrassment and humiliation may also be considered cyberbullying in the eyes of the law.
Digital Harassment Hurts
Sadly, cyberbullying suicides are becoming common; but thankfully, officials aren’t turning their cheeks. Already, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington have specific cyberbullying laws on the books (at the time of this writing; things may have changed since). States that don’t yet have specific statutes are using other regulations and doctrines to punish flagrant cyberbullying.
Defamation Law As A Defense Weapon?
More often than not, cyberbullying incidents involve lies, which is why many people are turning towards defamation statutes to combat cyberbullying. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. One’s chances largely depend on jurisdiction.
Cyberbullying lawyer Aaron Kelly explained, “It’s possible to win a defamation lawsuit against harassers. It all depends on the facts of the situation. But yes, people have been winning these types of cases.”
Consult With A Cyberbullying Lawyer
Are you — or a family member — suffering under the hands of a cyberbully? If you’re considering legal action, let’s consult about your options. Different jurisdictions follow different rules. Depending on where you live, you may have a solid case.
Let’s begin the conversation; get in touch.