Civil Remedies for Victims of Nonconsensual Pornography

Andrew Stebbins
Andrew Stebbins
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

I am a successful litigator that has handled every aspect of litigation and trial as a lead attorney in both state and federal courts, representing businesses and individuals in a broad spectrum of litigation matters.

Christina Williams
Christina Williams
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

Christina is a litigator and trial attorney who works to protect the reputations of individuals and businesses of all sizes that have been maliciously attacked online.

Live Video-Broadcast: August 22, 2024

Civil Remedies for Victims of Nonconsensual Pornography

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Program Summary

Nonconsensual pornography – sometimes referred to as “revenge porn” – has become an increasingly common form of digital abuse and it can have a truly devastating impact on its victims. While the majority of jurisdictions have enacted laws criminalizing the publication of nonconsensual pornography, these laws are often limited in scope and fail to afford victims comprehensive remedies. Accordingly, victims often turn to civil attorneys for help in holding the perpetrators accountable and securing compensation for the damages they have sustained. Through litigating “revenge porn” cases, victims can learn the identity of anonymous perpetrators, secure valuable injunctive relief, and be compensated for the emotional and financial damages they have suffered. However, litigating these claims is often new territory for attorneys and a variety of legal and practical considerations must be taken into account when embarking on “revenge porn” litigation. This presentation will cover both emerging and commonly encountered issues in revenge porn litigation, best practices for pursuing a claim while maintaining your client’s privacy, and other tips to help achieve the ultimate goal of providing victims the opportunity to be made whole.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • What is “revenge porn” or nonconsensual pornography?
  • Possible causes of action
  • Legal and practical considerations for litigation
  • Civil remedies and damages

Date / Time: August 22, 2024

  • 2:00 pm – 4:10 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 3:10 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Pacific

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Andrew Stebbins_FedbarAndrew Stebbins | Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it.” In today’s digital world, the significance of Warren Buffett’s well-known adage is greater than ever.

Five minutes is more than enough time for anyone to write a fake anonymous review, defame a business, and or destroy a person’s reputation. I understand the pain and damage caused by a fake review or defamatory statement posted on the Internet. Your reputation is the most important asset for you or any business, and protecting that reputation is my number one priority.

In my more than decade of experience representing businesses and individuals, I have gained an understanding of the suffering my clients endure from these attacks and focus my career on representing and aiding my clients in restoring and maintaining their reputation online. I know that these problems are your top priority. I work best under pressure and understand that time is of the essence when it comes to your reputation. I act quickly to make sure that online content is removed and that the source of the negative attacks is swiftly resolved.

When it comes to online defamation, there are no cookie cutter solutions, and each problem requires a different response. From the day I started as an attorney, my sole focus has been pursuing new and unique ways for my clients to achieve their goals and grow their business. Because I understand that every situation is unique, I focus on developing individually tailored strategies for each client that provide timely, cost-effective and successful resolution to each case.

I am a successful litigator that has handled every aspect of litigation and trial as a lead attorney in both state and federal courts, representing businesses and individuals in a broad spectrum of litigation matters. I have a proven track record of success in accomplishing my clients’ goals, including winning favorable jury verdicts, six-figure settlements and injunctive relief.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, and watching sports. I volunteer regularly and I am active in several community organizations in the Greater Cleveland area.

EXPERIENCE

Joined Buckingham in 2022

Defended a client against Anti-SLAPP motion from media outlet

Represented a business against a coordinated defamatory campaign on Google Reviews, Ripoff Report, and Yelp.

Represented an individual in removal of secretly recorded video from more than 30 websites.

Represented professional in a dispute with a former client who issued numerous false and anonymous reviews on the company website.

Represented a client in removal of negative posts from Facebook.

Represented business in identifying and stopping a competitor from posting fake reviews on Google.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Case Western Reserve School of Law (J.D.)

Institute for Global Security Law & Policy, Research Assistant College of Wooster (B.A.)

Admissions

Ohio Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

AWARDS & HONORS

Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (2015-2024), as voted by peers

 

Christina Williams_FedBarChristina Williams | Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

Christina is a litigator and trial attorney who works to protect the reputations of individuals and businesses of all sizes that have been maliciously attacked online. When a competitor, disgruntled employee, patient, or customer is attacking a client, she work tirelessly to stop the harmful conduct and restore her client’s good name.

She is a passionate advocate for my clients, one they can rely on to provide subject matter expertise and creative solutions to their problems. She is also a compassionate listener and counsel her clients throughout the litigation process with empathy and thorough explanations about how she will work to achieve their goals.

She has a proven track record of winning cases in several trial and appellate courts and am dedicated to obtaining the best results for her clients. When someone is attacking a client’s good reputation, she use all of the skills and knowledge at her disposal to put a stop to the attacks and help her clients regain the peace of mind they deserve.

EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)

Articles Editor, Journal of Law & Health

CALI Awards for Highest Grade in Evidence, Pretrial Practice, and Constitutional Law Seminar

Civil Litigation Clinic Dean’s List

Sotheby’s Institute of Art (M.A., Fine & Decorative Arts, with Merit) Case Western Reserve University (B.A., Art History)

The Adelbert Squire Full Academic Scholarship • Academia Italiana, Florence, Italy • Minor in Italian Language

Admissions

Ohio

AWARDS & HONORS

Recognized by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2022 – 2024), as voted by her peers

Recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business, People on the Move, December 2021

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

FDCC Ladder Down Cleveland Class of 2021

Associations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ohio State Bar Association

Agenda

I. What is “revenge porn” or nonconsensual pornography? | 2:00pm – 2:30pm

II. Possible causes of action | 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm

III. Legal and practical considerations for litigation | 3:10pm – 3:40pm

IV. Civil remedies and damages | 3:40pm – 4:10pm