Now in Legal Rebels:
Posted Jun 17, 2011 11:59 am CDT
A Houston lawyer has taken a legal approach to a video posted on Facebook by three middle school students he accuses of defaming his daughter.
First, lawyer Jason Medley notified school officials about the video and sent cease and desist letters to the three girls and their parents, the Houston Chronicle reports. The letter threatened suit if the youths didn’t stop all communication with his daughter and if their families didn’t donate at least $5,000 each to the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.
Then, when he got no response, Medley filed a defamation suit that alleges the girls accused his daughter of sexual misconduct and threatened to physically harm her, the story says.
The Houston Chronicle reached the mother of one of the young defendants, who said the girls “were sorry and didn’t mean any of it.”
The newspaper also contacted Nancy Willard, founder of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, who was unaware of Medley’s request for donations. She called the suit “a very novel approach” and said, “Think of the lesson he is teaching his own daughter: You do not have to put up with someone hurting you. You can calmly and strongly say ‘stop,’ and I have your back.”