How to take legal action against cyber bullying

Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney & Professor of Law, shares advice on how to take legal action against cyberbullying.
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How to take legal action against cyber bullying

If a parent has a child that’s being impersonated on the internet, it’s best to take action quickly. And one of the easiest things to do is to get a lawyer involved. At that point, it’s not a matter of physical bullying. It involves things like intellectual property, impersonation, which are governed by both state and federal law. It’s very easy for a parent’s lawyers or legal team to make requests based on federal law to designated agents of those website operators. Every website that operates on the internet generally has an appointed agent that handles intellectual property violations and impersonations, which are intellectual property violations online. And it’s a very simple matter for lawyers to make the right request, format it in the right way, demanding that someone’s name, likeness, and image is being misused. Especially if it’s a child, website operators tend to respond pretty quickly to them. It may be too complicated for the average parent to handle on their own. That’s not to say that there aren’t resources out there if a parent wants to do so, but this is typically something that lawyers can handle pretty quickly. And if a parent decides that it’s not feasible to have a lawyer, they should look through the website’s terms and conditions. Every website has 2 things, a privacy policy and terms and conditions. I know the terms and conditions tend to be very long and wordy. But if you scroll down long enough you will find a procedure on handling take down requests. And that’s what the parent wants to do. Go through the terms and conditions. You will find contact information for getting a hold of the appropriate official at the website operator. And you must make a request to them. Going to the Secretary of State for the state in which the website operates out of is a great idea because that will get you corporate information. And making requests directly to the corporation, you can usually track down a fax number and a physical street address. Sending things by Federal Express, signature requested, to the website’s corporate office tends to get results.

Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney & Professor of Law, shares advice on how to take legal action against cyberbullying.


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Rabeh M. A. Soofi

Attorney & Professor of Law

Rabeh M. A. Soofi is a managing attorney of a Los Angeles, California-based law firm.  Rabeh spent most of her career at a large national law firm of 300+ attorneys representing Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies, and other high-profile clients in multi-million and billion dollar disputes.  Rabeh has a broad practice which spans multiple practice areas, serving diverse clients including individuals, families, children  and numerous others.  Rabeh is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in Southern California by SuperLawyers and Los Angeles Magazine, as well as being honored multiple times as a “Top Attorney – Rising Star” by SuperLawyers, awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40.  Rabeh is rated as a “Superb” lawyer by, and ranked 10 / 10 for her experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct.  Rabeh has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Firms and Attorneys.Rabeh has provided legal commentary and interviews on a variety of legal matters and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Public Radio International, Yahoo! Channel Seven, Orange County’s KM 640 AM, Random House, ALM /, Digital Journal, RFI – Radio France Internationale, Times Dispatch, Malaysia Star Online, National Law Review, Georgetown University Law Center, Lexis-Nexis, American Bar Association, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Iowa Gazette, and others media outlets.Rabeh received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, and two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. She received legal training in the City of Chicago’s Corporate Counsel’s office, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Law School.Rabeh has provided over 700+ hours of pro bono service to individuals, families, and children of modest means, and has s volunteered substantial time and provided financial assistance to support a variety of charitable organizations, holding leadership positions in several, including  the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Law Center / Kid’s Voice, Homeless Shelter Legal Aid Project, Mid East West Foundation, List Project, IMANI Aid Foundation, Mid East West Foundation, Heartland Pro Bono Council, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, and others.

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