Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A New Civil Cause of Action is Born

The Governor of Pennsylvania recently signed into law HB 2107, effective 60 days from July 8, 2014, which not only creates a new criminal offense for the dissemination of nude or sexually explicit images of a current or former partner with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm, but also provides for a new statutory private civil cause of action for the victim.

According to the bill, the damages recoverable are the greater of the actual damages sustained or $500.00, along with reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, and any additional relief the court deems necessary and proper.

I send thanks to Attorney Paul Oven of the Moosic, PA law firm of Dougherty, Leventhal & Price for bringing this new law to my attention.

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