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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Revenge Porn Defendants Ordered to Pay

Over the past few years, the concept of revenge porn -posting nude pics on the Internet of an ex-lover- has progressed into the modern lexicon. First a social media phenomena, it has come to the attention of law makers and law enforcement officers over the past year.

Several civil cases in Oakland and Macomb Counties have resulted in significant civil judgments against the revenge pornographers. Just last week, for example, a woman in a Macomb County case was awarded $600,000 by a judge following a hearing; in a colossal mistake, the defendant elected to represent himself.

The Macomb County case follows a case from last year in Oakland County where Judge Martha Anderson awarded a plaintiff half a million dollars. Also, one year ago, the Michigan Legislature joined 26 other states in outlawing revenge porn, making it a 93-day misdemeanor; a second conviction is punishable by up to a year in the county jail.

Passage of the new law makes it a crime, under certain circumstances, to disseminate sexually explicit material of an adult on a computer without the subject's consent. If a person becomes a victim of revenge porn, securing a criminal misdemeanor conviction will provide momentum for a civil cause of action.

The successful litigants in Macomb and Oakland Counties presented evidence of their damages such as employment difficulties.

If you have been a victim of revenge porn, contact our law firm to discuss your options.

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