A 19-year-old Univ. of Georgia freshman has sued the school district where she attended high school and a school administrator for $2 million in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for using a bikini-clad Facebook image of her in a county-wide educational seminar without her permission.
In Chelsea Chaney v. Fayette County Public School District & Curtis R. Cearley (Case No. 3:2013-cv-00089), the former Starr's Mill High School student alleges in a 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983 action that her privacy was infringed on, she was defamed and suffered emotional distress when a photo of her in a bikini standing next to a cut-out of rapper Snoop Dogg was employed by the defendants in a presentation to students and parents, ironically, about the long-term dangers of displaying images on Facebook and the Internet.
Chaney's counsel alleges the Facebook profile photo falsely portrays Chaney as a promiscuous alcohol abuser. The defendants have filed a motion to dismiss the suit. The lawsuit, a cautionary tale, if nothing else, answers the question posed in a song sung by the non-cardboard version of Snoop Dogg: What's My Name?