Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lawyer Brings Libel Suit Against Middle Schoolers Who Allegedly Bullied Daughter on Facebook

Harris County, Texas Civil CourthouseImage via WikipediaIn Medley a/n/f S.M., a Minor, v. Moore et al., filed this week in Harris County (Texas) 157th District Court, a Houston attorney sued three teens and their parents for defamation after the middle schoolers allegedly posted a video on Facebook purportedly cyber-bullying the attorney's teen-aged daughter, The Texas Lawyer reports.

Attorney Jason Medley initially sent cease and desist letters to the parents of the teens whose May 18th Facebook video post about his daughter allegedly contained "several statements alleging untrue facts, as well as other suggestive, derogatory, inflammatory and sexually explicit statements and gestures." The letters demanded each of the alleged offenders contribute $5,000 or more to the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.

Medley filed suit after his initial letters and follow-up correspondence elicited no response, according to the Texas Lawyer article. Facebook removed the post after Medley reported it as abusive.

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