The right to privacy basically means that you have a right to be left alone. Invasion-of-privacy lawsuits usually result from being portrayed in a very offensive manner, when private or embarrassing facts are disclosed about you or when someone intrudes upon you in a situation where you would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Here are some tips to help you file an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit.
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Understand the law. Generally, to prove invasion of privacy you need to show that there was an intrusion into a private place, conversation or matter and that this intrusion occurred in a way that would be considered highly offensive to a reasonable person. An intrusion has been found to include things such as eavesdropping or wiretapping.
Consult an attorney. It's a good idea to consult with an attorney to assist you in filing an invasion of privacy lawsuit. Invasion of privacy can be difficult to prove and an experienced attorney can help you assess and establish your case.
File a complaint. Now that you understand the law, have consulted with an attorney and believe you have grounds for filing an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, it's time to file the complaint. The complaint will name the person you are suing, describe the elements of your invasion of privacy lawsuit and the damages you are seeking as a result of the invasion.
Go to court. Once your invasion-of-privacy lawsuit is filed, the court will set a date for your trial. Be sure to follow all court rules and arrange to have any witnesses that can support your claim available to testify at your trial. Also, bring any other evidence establishing your invasion-of-privacy lawsuit to court. The court will listen to both sides of the issue and make a decision based on the evidence presented to it.
Tips and warnings
- Remember that privacy laws can vary from state to state.